The big snowfall they were predicting we'd get yesterday turned out to be not such a big deal. The original forecast was for six to eight inches of snow, but they kept revising it throughout the day. When all was said and done, we had a thin layer of ice topped with somewhere between one and two inches of snow.
However, in anticipation of another big winter event most of the schools announced a snow day. When I pulled into the mall parking lot this morning there weren't many cars there. At 10:00 I turned on the lights at the Customer Service desk. It took fifteen minutes before I had my first question. As the day drug on, though, traffic picked up. There were a lot of people taking advantage of the mall's warmth.
About 1:00, I saw a group of middle-school-aged boys all wearing baseball caps and shirts with mall-store logos. They were a bit noisy, but not causing any trouble. As they passed the desk one of them looked over at me and said "hi"; the others followed suit. They walked away from me poking at each other as only pre-adolescent males do.
Five minutes later I heard a commotion. The group of boys came running back towards me at full speed, one of them holding a baseball cap in his hand. His friend was behind him yelling "gimme back my hat!" The rest of the group was laughing. They thought the whole thing was hilarious.
I knew they were just playing, but it had to stop. When they got even with the desk I got their attention and gave them my stern "mom look". They immediately stopped running, but once they were out of eyerange I heard them start again.
That's OK. I knew Security would take care of it.
Five years ago today: Square Business