If you spent the last days of 2017 in Hope, you likely dug your car out of a snow mound more than once.
Perhaps you rediscovered some long-forgotten muscles while clearing your driveway.
You likely also witnessed or were the recipient of a random act of kindness.
As the snow continued unabated, blanketing driveways, streets and vehicles, I noticed people stopping to help each other.
I saw strangers offering stranded drivers a push out of the ditch, neighbours lending a hand to shovel out driveways and some Good Samaritans offering travelers a place to stay.
Diane Trepanier got the word out that her home was open to anyone stranded by treacherous roads, soon she was hosting a couple and their dog.
With fear of the other the message of many political leaders around the world this year, a dose of humanity was the perfect antidote to end the year with.
Looking back at the end of 2017, I’ll remember the snow that brought chaos and beauty to Hope.
I’ll remember the kindness of strangers.
And I hope the new year brings out kindness in our community, be it snowstorm or sunny skies.