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Big Snow Can Mean Big Bucks for Young People

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As a kid, my brother and I made quite a bit of money on days like today. We would go door to door and ask if they would like for us to shovel their driveway or sidewalk. This would take place after we finished shoveling the driveways of four or five “regulars” that we consistently took care of after a heavy snowfall. We were in Upstate New York where it seemed to snow all the time thanks to the “lake effect” snows of Lake Ontario.

Days like today bring back those memories like it was yesterday. Oh the snow is the same, the  temperatures are the same, but I would be hard pressed to find any kids out trying to make a buck even with no school this afternoon and probably tomorrow.  There lies the difference in kids today and those of yesterday.

There are plenty of people especially the elderly who would love for some kid to knock on their door and offer to shovel their driveway for payment. Unfortunately, there aren’t plenty of kids willing to do it.

The door bells are there, the people waiting to answer them are there, the snow is piled on the driveways and sidewalks waiting to be removed, and money is available to be made. But what’s missing?  I think you already know.

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