Thursday, March 22, 2012
Pay It Forward
She smiled and said, "Nice Truck," to a man sitting in a pickup with bright paint and fancy pinstripes.
As she opened the door, she saw me and offered to hold the door.
"Thanks. After you," I replied.
She walked in ahead of me and then turned, with a smile on her face and asked, "Did you see that HOT truck out there?"
"I did. It's pretty fancy." I wanted to laugh at her calling it hot. What a sweet, happy woman.
She walked over to the cappuccino machine as I grabbed my customary iced tea. She carefully place one, then two large 'caps' into her homemade carrier -- a necessity for her since she walked with the cane.
I was at the register while she was putting on the lids, and I told the clerk I wanted to pay for the woman's beverages.
The clerk said, "That's nice." I told her the woman seemed like a very nice lady.
As I left the store, I saw a van parked in the handicapped space. There was an elderly man in the passenger seat. Probably her husband. She was in the store, on a sunny Sunday afternoon, buying a sweet drink to share with her spouse.
I smiled knowing she had no idea who I was or why I paid for her cappuccinos. I felt warm hoping she'd be flattered. It made my day to practice random kindness.
Pay it forward... it feels wonderful!