Small Winter Joys

16 Dec
Mini Snowman

Mini Snowman

Little gestures make the biggest impact. Helping a stranger navigate an ice-covered sidewalk. Holding an elevator for someone on crutches. Letting the person with one item step into line ahead of you when you have a cart full of groceries. These are small things that take virtually no effort but mean a great deal to those helped. When a small gesture affects many people, it becomes extra special.

I was driving through downtown Minneapolis a week ago. While waiting at a stop light, I looked to my right and saw an unusual sight. The building on the corner was built of stone and the builder had incorporated a small ledge into the wall at about waist-high. Sitting on the ledge was a miniature snowman. I couldn’t help but smile. It made my day.

I have no idea who made it. It might have been someone waiting for a bus or, perhaps, a homeless person on their way to the shelter for a hot meal and a warm place to sleep. Whoever it was, they did a very special thing. This intersection receives a lot of traffic everyday, both vehicles and pedestrians. I’m talking about several thousand people every day. I cannot believe that anyone passing the Mini Snowman would not smile and feel the joy of the winter season. Thar’s a lot of happiness spread by a small gesture that took little effort and little time. Whoever you are, thank you!



Posted by on December 16, 2013 in Musings and Odd Thoughts


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10 responses to “Small Winter Joys

  1. Candace Johnson

    December 16, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Dennis. It definitely brightened MY day!

    • Dennis Langley

      December 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

      Great. That little guy just keeps on doing his thing! 🙂

  2. Kourtney Heintz

    December 16, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I bet the person who made it had a fun time doing it without even realizing how much joy he would be spreading. But maybe he did and either way, it was a nice thing to do for commuters. 🙂

    • Dennis Langley

      December 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Absolutely. An for the residents who live downtown. It’s weird how his eyes follow you around wherever you go. 😉

  3. char

    December 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Isn’t that so true! Small little gestures bring so much happiness. I love the mini snowman.

    • Dennis Langley

      December 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Every time I look at the little guy, I crack up.

  4. Matthew Wright

    December 16, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    A wonderful gesture by someone – and it’s amazing how much the small gestures count. I lament that, often, today’s world seems to have forgotten about them, and it’s great to see these reminders.Thank you for sharing!

  5. sknicholls

    December 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The Keebler elves did it 😉

    • Dennis Langley

      December 19, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      🙂 Someone must have grabbed the cookies before I got there!


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