My Birthday Gift To Myself
--by cyctw, posted Aug 24, 2021
This morning I opted for a small, local coffee shop, rather than the national chain. I wanted to randomly pay for someone’s coffee. Since they didn’t take cash (a covid thing) , I purchased a gift card. I gave the gift card and a Smile Card to the barista and suggested what she might do with both.
Then this evening, while standing in line at WF, I noticed a young lady behind me with a few bagels. I asked if she’d let me pay for them. In a heavy German accent, she declined. I didn’t want to force it, but I told her she would really be helping me out and I explained to her her what I was doing.
That was all it took. She told me she had only been in DC for a couple of days and couldn’t get over all the kindness that she was seeing! And that gave me hopeâ¤ï¸.
The third one was something that I would never have done a few years ago. As I was walking back to my son’s apartment, I pressed the crosswalk button; the yellow lights began to flash. A car stopped and I began to cross.
As I approached the next lane I felt another car wasn’t going to stop, so I had to. The driver had her window down and did acknowledge her mistake saying, “I’m sorry.” Rather than offering her a few unspeakable words (which would have been my MO a few years back), I just said, “that’s ok.” What made me feel good was that seemed like a natural reaction, not a forced response that I had to think about.
Finally, I made dinner for son and his roommate. It was their first cooked meal in their new apartment.
52 more to go. But why stop thereðŸ³ï¸ðŸŒˆ?