A couple days ago Son was in the car with me. We had both had a tough day and decided that we “deserved” a Starbuck’s treat. This something I do not do very often, and after I had placed the order at the drive-thru speaker, I remembered why.
Wow! Almost ten Dollars for the two of us! Yes, the coffees were “specialty” coffees. Yes, Son had a baked treat, too. But, still, it was more than I had expected.
We were in line behind two cars. The topic of conversation as we waited was the above…expensive!
The sales girl smiled and said, “The lady ahead of you paid for your order!”
I looked up in time to see the white car pull slowly around the corner. I could see the driver well enough to know that I had never met her. I looked back at the sales clerk.
“Did she say she knew me?” I asked, puzzled.
“No, ma'am, she just asked how much your order was and then handed me the money.”
And, she’s right. It is nice.
Son and I talked about it a good bit as we drove down the road. It did, indeed, lighten our spirits. It was not the money—yes, ten bucks was a lot for a caffeine treat, but not that much. It made us feel better than even the ten dollars justified. It really was a lot of good will bang for that lady’s bucks—all ten of ‘em.
It inspired us, and we both resolved to do it for the person behind us next time we drive through. In fact, both of us said we would do it soon—a special trip to Starbucks just to do this kindness. We both crave the goodwill warmth we felt and know that it will be even warmer when it is us doing the giving.
So, I guess, it actually will be double the kindness if we follow through, because we won’t likely be together in line for a while. So there will be two purchases borne of this one act of kindness. Nice multiplication.
I think this kind of spontaneous joy spreading is especially appropriate this time of year!
P.S. - It’s nice to know it’s okay etiquette to check first on total amount—I’m afraid paying for someone making a run for the whole office would break me!