It's 3:30 in the afternoon and I leave the house walking.
A few blocks over from my house I hear some loud voices from the end of the street. One of the voices sounds familiar. I see a pack of teenagers happily chatting and walking down the sidewalk. I see a woman walk down the street obviously nervous about passing the loud group. She crosses the street. I cross the street too...
...heading straight toward the boisterous pack. They see me and suddenly disperse with one of them hiding behind a parked car. I lock eyes with the nervous looking ones that haven't hidden fast enough from me. I keep heading towards them, not breaking my gate. As I get closer, the hiding teenager pops back out at just the wrong moment.
I have him! I spread my arms wide as he tries to dart around me but there is no escape! I grab him in a big bear hug that last just long enough to be totally embarrassing. I then proceed to hug his girlfriend and one unsuspecting 'deer in the headlights' looking guy. The rest manage to escape unscathed.
It's all in a days work parenting teenagers. If I wasn't embarrassing them then I wouldn't be doing my job.