Rural snow

by Stephanie
(USA ,PA.)

Rural snow

Rural snow

Well today I have to walk to the bus stop (because my car broke down) to send my kid to school. I know it will be so cold, and not anyone can give me a ride. I have the most stinken neighbors there are. I can count maybe on one or two, but these people around here are so "not neighborly at all." Even their kids are nasty. It's very sad.

Barry's Response - Uh, Stephanie. It's not really about the snow, is it?

There are a lot of ways natural disasters can bring out the best in neighbors:
- Unexpected events of nature force neighbors to work together to overcome obstacles, like clearing debris or rescuing people. It can foster teamwork and cooperation, and it can bring people together who might not otherwise talk.
- Circumstances like this can be stressful, and neighbors can provide emotional support to one another. Being present and available to help can be as simple as offering a shoulder to cry on.
- In the aftermath of a blizzard or something more damaging, neighbors may be more inclined to help each other out, whether by sharing resources, providing food and shelter, or donating money.
- Things like this can affect people differently, and neighbors may be more understanding during these times. You'll feel more connected and a sense of community.

Natural disasters can bring out the
best in neighbors by fostering cooperation, support, generosity, and empathy. Communities with these qualities are better equipped to handle future challenges.

This reminds me of a related topic...

Rumours about friendly Canadians

Does it have something to do with our climate? As there are many factors that can influence a culture's attitudes and behaviors, it's hard to say whether Canadians are friendlier just because of the climate. Perhaps Canada's colder climate and long winters foster a sense of community and neighborliness.

Canada's harsh climate can make people rely on one another for support and survival, especially in smaller towns and rural areas. Canadians are perceived as friendly and helpful because of this sense of connectedness and interdependence.

As well as being a welcoming and inclusive society, Canada has a strong focus on social programs and public services. There's a cultural value of caring for one another and looking out for the common good among Canadians, which could contribute to friendliness and kindness.

Although Canadian society is very diverse, attitudes and behaviors can vary widely depending on factors like region, socioeconomic status, and individual personality. Therefore, generalizing about Canadians based solely on their climate would be wrong.

Also, what are you doing to help others when they need it? If you decide to help them get their car unstuck, I do not recommend this technique:

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Guess you're having a bad day
by: SuzyQ

Oh Stephanie, I'm so sorry you're stuck without a car in bad weather. It's a real bummer. It sounds like you're having a really bad day! But the picture looks like you're in a very peaceful place. Where in Pennsylvania are you? I used to live in Indiana County and loved it there. My neighbors were so far away that we hardly ever saw each other!

Although you have lots of snow now, I bet it's really pretty in the spring, summer and fall. Do you have any pictures showing what it's like during the other seasons?

Hang in there and hope tomorrow is a better day!

Beautiful Snow, Tough Days
by: Drewcruisin

Hey Stephanie,

I love the picture of the snow is definitely quite beautiful. It is very unfortunate that you have to walk in the snow along with your children.

My two cents is if you really feel like you need help then ask your neighbors. Some might be cold hearted, but most are not and will help you any way they can. Be honest and up front about what is going on, but also keep your composure. No one wants some lunatic one crying on their doorstep.

Good luck. God is always around if you need to chat.

by: Sir Bob

Not sure what this has to do with snow. But it looks like you're in a rural area . . .many people choose to live in rural areas because they want to be left alone and tend to keep to themselves. That doesn't mean they are unneighborly, in fact, they are usually very neighborly if asked for help or if they see that you need help. But otherwise they believe that you also choose to live in a rural area because you don't want people sticking their noses in your businesses. Reach out to them and get to know them; maybe just bake some cookies and go introduce yourself. I bet they look out for you more and are quicker to approach you in the future.

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