Ides of March snow gives locals chance to watch travelers

Lynn Moncus

“Beware the ides of March” caused some of us to pause when our major snow storm hit on that day this week. Although the soothsayer was warning Julius Caesar, that same warning could have been given last Saturday while we were enjoying 80 degree weather and admiring the many fruit trees in full bloom.
Even though we can remember many deeper and colder snow falls, most of us were a bit shocked to see all that white stuff Tuesday morning and to watch it continue to fall and to drift throughout the day. You should have seen Aggie “bunny hopping” all over the back yard and high centering with every hop. She had a blast while collecting snowballs all over her coat and then many run aways while I was trying to use a towel to prevent further drifts in the house.
After our refreshing romp, I ambled to Del’s to watch and listen to stranded travelers. Some were quite relaxed and were accepting the idea that they were fortunate to be in a town rather than stalled along the highway, and others were not at all pleased to be any where except on the road. Watching the employees cope with the latter was a rewarding experience because they were doing all possible to make them feel welcome and to try to help them make the best of what they thought was a bad situation. I watched people at several tables begin to relax, but a few were not about to accept the proffered kindness and remained down right rude throughout their stay.
Those who were relaxed to begin with seemed to enjoy chatting with people around them and to talk about some of their experiences in getting off Interstate 40 into town safely. Some had already found motel rooms because they weren’t interested in driving onward even if the roads should be opened to travelers before the next day. They were in no hurry to eat and run or to grouse about their plight. They really showed up the grouchy one’s who wouldn’t allow themselves to be pleased by food, service or anything else. They taxed the patience of everyone around them and seemed to enjoy their own misery.
We really learn much while watching and listening. We could see by the facial expressions on the unhappy travelers that they were probably unhappy before they began their trip and would be just as unhappy when they finished. Their complaints were very likely their daily comments, and nothing would really change their attitude toward life. By the same token, those who were pleasant were probably in a good mood before they began their travels and would remain so because of their affirmative attitude toward life. As each person came through the door, we could almost predict their behavior because of the way they greeted or failed to greet the hostess.
Fortunately. I was a mere onlooker because I would have been fired after the second group of grouches came through the door. Some of us simply don’t deal well with such people and certainly shouldn’t try to work in public because we might lose a lot of business for our employers. I would have wanted to plant several groups in the nearest snow drift, but the employees were just as courteous to them as they were to those who returned their courtesy.
Now, we can wait until the next ides of March to see if we should beware!