Winter means icy sidewalks - especially if you're from Central New York. If you've ever walked through an icy parking lot (every day) or down a slick sidewalk, you know how dangerous it can be. When you're walking with your significant other, what's the proper etiquette?

Let me set the scene: my hubby and I were walking down Paris Road in New Hartford - and it was really icy. Both of us were just fending for ourselves. At one point, as we made it to Genesee Street, I reached for his arm. People: he shook it off.

Men. Descended from knights and kings, now reduced to letting their wives risk falling rather than chance falling themselves.

I asked what the deal was, is chivalry just straight up dead?

My hubby replied that since the sidewalk was icy, and we were both in danger of falling, neither of us should risk taking the other down. Personally, I think this is a load or garbage. Was I not willing to risk his fall by taking his arm? Isn't that the whole point of being a couple? You go down, I go down. As Rose said in Titanic, "You jump, I jump." And she knew from ice.

So what do you think? If you're a couple on an icy sidewalk, do you risk it together? Or is it every man (and woman) for him/herself? Let me know at


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