We’ve had a lot of snow here this winter. I usually shovel our driveway. This year I haven’t kept up on it as well. While driving into town I saw a guy in a truck plowing driveways. I pulled over and asked if he had time to clear ours as well.
“Sure.” He said. “Lead the way.”
He followed me back to my place and let me know that he wouldn’t be able to do it because of the angle of our driveway. The blade wasn’t able to get a lot of it. I thanked him for checking it out and then told him I had a request.
I told him I had a big snow outfit in the garage and asked him if he would put it on and make snow angels with me in the front yard? There was the moment of silence while he processed this request and then he burst out laughing while declining the request. “NO, I just got over the flu”, he said, still laughing.
“Oh, ok” I said. And then I asked him if he had not just recovered from the flu if he would have said yes, to which he laughed again and said no. “I made enough of those when I was a kid” and then he made a cold shivering action and off he went. I didn’t feel rejected after this. I think because he was so amused and laughing so much that I started laughing too so instead of feeling rejected and silly I felt good because of the laughter. A good payoff!