KENNEWICK — Winter delivered a deep snow just before Thanksgiving.
This week, a warm wind took it all away.
But even though a balmy chinook blew through leaving our snowmen in a puddle, I still have the coolest memory.
No, it’s not the one about the grandkids pelting each other with fluffy white. And it’s not the moment when a hungry bird swooped down to steal the snowman and snowgirl’s Oreo Cookie eyes.
Nor is it the sighting of a coyote’s tracks in the new fallen snow. Those are fairly typical scenes in the wintry Northwest.
The memory that was very extraordinary involves a young man who made the slogan of his employer come to life. It happened on our impassable snow-covered country road.
“Did you see that guy run all the way up our road?” my husband called to me as he brushed the snow from his boots. “He was carrying a FedEx package to the neighbors — and he was wearing shorts!”
I rushed to the front porch to see the sight for myself. In the distance, the runner had just rounded an uphill corner and was still racing at top speed.
I donned my boots and grabbed the camera. This sight was totally out of the ordinary.
Outside, bundled in my coat, I took in the scene. In the far distance stood the familiar white FedEx truck, but it was parked on the side of the roadway. It had obviously been left by the driver for fear of getting stuck in the snow drifts.
I stamped my feet in the cold, wishing the driver would show up so I could snap a picture. Then, off in the whiteness I spotted him heading back our way at a full gallop.
“Excuse me!” I yelled as he ran past our house, “Can I get a photo of you? It’s not every day we see such a great work ethic.”
Thomas, who’d moved here from California, graciously took time for a snapshot or two and then raced off to his waiting truck, his tennis shoes slipping and sliding.
I watched in awe at the effort Thomas put into making sure a package reached its destination — with no excuses to slow him down. In his book, running close to a mile in deep snow was just part of a day’s work.
Certainly, this FedEx employee is the poster boy for their slogan, “We live to deliver.”
Even in the frosty cold, Thomas wore a smile.