The two boys were in the snow shoveling. They didn’t know how long it had been but they knew they had to keep shoveling.
Their mother had left early that morning to go to work and had not returned before the snow started falling.
The older boy was worried when it started getting later and later. An idea seized him. Maybe their mother couldn’t find the house. Everything was so white outside and the driveway was completely covered. If she couldn’t find the driveway she wouldn’t be able to find the house.
When the younger boy heard this he said that they should shovel the driveway so that their mother could find the house.
The two boys bundled up and went outside. They shoveled and shoveled. But by the time they finished shoveling the snow had already recovered most of the driveway.
“We can’t give up,” said the older boy.
“I know,” said the younger boy.
Both boys were thinking that if their mother didn’t find the house then she would keep driving and never come back. After all that’s what their father did, just kept driving.
So the boys stayed outside and kept shoveling.
And shoveling and shoveling.
The snow was falling so fast that the driveway just wouldn’t stay shoveled.
And it was getting colder.
The younger boy asked if they could go inside. Both boys were tired and cold.
The older boy yelled “No! We can’t, what if she can’t find the house what are we gonna do!”
Both boys kept shoveling and shoveling and the snow kept falling as it got colder and colder.
The snow had finally stopped falling. The world was completely white when a car pulled into the covered driveway.
A woman got out of the car looking worried. The snow had kept her at work late.
She was hurrying toward the house when she saw next to a small patch of uncovered driveway her two boys who still held shovels in their hands.
The two boys had frozen trying to keep the driveway clear.