Maybe clearing a sidewalk isn’t a test of character but then again, maybe it is.
During the fall, I met Steve out in front of the Art Yard’s Residency clearing leaves not only from the yard and sidewalk but also from the gutter along the street. No one else does that.
Come the snows of February and I find Steve applying the same level of thoroughness. Instead of just digging a narrow footpath, he clears the entire sidewalk including the curb and edge of the lawn. (Some of the places in town don’t even clear a footpath through the snow).
I told him what I thought about his work and he thanked me for the critique. I replied that it wasn’t a critique, but admiration. I should be so thorough.