When you work at the front, you can either become an automated pizza serving robot, or, you can choose to interact and learn things about the people who walk through your door - I choose option 2 most of the time.
Our store is situated in such a sweet spot of Toronto that you never know who will come through. When i first started, I didn’t think that I’d be exposed to so many people from all different walks of life. But after working for so long, I find it refreshing to be able to constantly meet new people, hear their stories, hear their impressions of Toronto, etc etc. The list can go on.
Anyway, when you’re at the front, you also overhear the most random conversations, it’s tough to not listen because the shop is so small. Here is one I heard recently between a young girl and her mother that inspired me to write this post. It went something like this:
Daughter: Mommy, I saw a shadow behind me in the mirror as I prepared to go to bed last night. I see it all the time.
Mother: *looks at me nervously trying to pay for the pizza*
Daughter: *tugs on mom* I know it’s not daddy, because the shadow is not big
Mother: *still looking at me, nervously smiling, trying to ignore daughter
Daughter: I’m not scared of it, it’s beautiful, can you come see it tonight with me?
Me: *Pretending like i’m not hearing this little girl talk about ghosts*