I was at a local Corner Bakery yesterday early for a casual business meeting. The tiny young lady behind the counter, who was clearly struggling with a large order, looked up briefly and said “I’ll be right with you.”
It was part apology, part entreaty. Clearly she was new or under unusual stress. I simply said, “No problem. I’m in no hurry.” A few moments later, as she was trying to get the flaps of the carryout box to line up I said, “Are you breathing?”
She slowed, almost imperceptibly, and said, “trying….”
In short order she was ready to take my order. Before I ordered a regular hot chai I said, “You know, you are really doing just fine.”
I almost got a smile as she hustled off to make my drink.
When she brought it to me she came around the corner and smiled a big smile at me saying “I gave you a large so you can enjoy it longer.”
I am still smiling.
I often think of Vicki Stammer (AKA The Muse) at moments like this. She has a knack for bringing a bit of sunlight everywhere she goes. When I told her about the tiny young lady and the large chai The Muse said, “We just need to be more kind. Like they told you in Sunday school. Do that!”