Stories of Peace and Justice: Peace Down the Street

by Phil Troyer, Goshen, Indiana

I have a fairly new snow blower that is fun to use. Three years ago I began to also blow our neighbor’s drive on the east side of our house when I did mine. They were originally from California and he had previous heart problems and both had bad knees. So it was four more minutes.

Then two years ago Dave died two doors to the west. It only takes four or five minutes to do his wife Marge’s drive. This fall the neighbor across the street filed a protection order for her safety from her still drinking violent alcoholic husband after 60 years of marriage and 60 years of binge drinking. Now that he is not living there that drive only takes another five.

Then there is Lee next door who leaves for work at 5:30 AM. What’s another five minutes? Well guess what? I slept in until 8:30 AM last Thursday. The ground was white. But someone else had blown the two women’s drives. And it couldn’t have been either of them.

I think PEACE is coming down our street one snow and two drives at a time.

Stories of Peace and Justice is a weekly PeaceSigns column which draws from the writings and experiences of peacemakers found in the PeaceSigns archives.

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