As snow piled up as much as 5 inches high Jan. 21 in Prince George&#x2019;s County, it would have been easy for residents to plow their own walkways and turn a blind eye to the mounds of snow in neighbors&#x2019; driveways &#x2014; but many didn&#x2019;t.
Instead, in communities around the county, neighbors pitched in to clear senior citizens&#x2019; sidewalks or that of the entire block to make the day just a bit easier for everyone. Children who reveled in the closing of schools pitched in as well, learning lessons about community service and, in some cases, how to earn a few dollars for a hard day&#x2019;s work.
It&#x2019;s a stark contrast to measures taken before snowfall. Residents stock up on food and supplies as though they won&#x2019;t see the light of day for weeks, and parents look for options to prevent cabin fever as children bemoan being stuck in the house.
Much of the pre-snow preparations are done in anticipation of being secluded, and yet the activities after the snowfall are just the opposite.
Neighbors who generally just give a friendly wave as they come and go home each day actually take time to catch up on each others&#x2019; lives as they help dig out a safe path or remove piles of plowed snow from behind cars.
The saying goes that every cloud &#x2014; even a snow cloud &#x2014; has a silver lining. Clearly, the sense of community that has been evident in many neighborhoods proves the saying true.