Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Biggest Drive-thru Smile Ever

--by iferlamb, posted Oct 23, 2010

Last night my husband and I were on the way to a show. We were both hungry and wanted to grab a quick bite on our way there, so we swung through a Jack-N-the Box drive-thru and placed our order. 

When we got up to the window the lady smiled at me (which is sometimes rare) and asked how I was doing while she was collected our money for the food.  I replied, "Fine, and how are you?"

She went to get our order ready and I asked my husband to pass me my "Drive-thru Smil bag". He handed it to me and watched in amazement as I gathered together a "You make a difference" paper, a Smile Card, a smiley stamper and a smile button. 

She came back to the window almost before I finished putting it all together.  Without looking too closely she passed the bag and said, "Thank you. Have a good day."  

I said, "Wait! This is for you." As I placed the little smile gifts in her hand a smile spread across her face. As she looked at the items it got a little bigger but when I thanked her for her smile there was no holding back.  She gave the biggest smile and she was laughing.  It was very heartwarming. 

My husband was very impressed by it.  It made him smile too.  It just takes a little effort to connect in a human way to everyone we have dealings with, even with something as small as a drive-thru transaction.

Remember, we all make a difference!

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Readers Comments

momgertner wrote: Can you post what you put in your bag? I am new and read your post and thought i might try something similar during the holiday season.
Kitkat wrote: I work fast food, i know how hard it is to smile at every customer that comes into the store, and very rarely do they smile back or act interested. What you're doing is incredible! I love it! That woulod certainly make my day!
cabbage wrote: Wow! What a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for your inspiration.

Iferlamb--you make a difference every day--
Thank you :-)
Big hugs and smiles to you.
faeanne wrote: A "drive-thru smile bag"? ! ? ! I love it. That's such a wonderful idea- you've inspired me to create my own kit to keep in my van. :o) may i ask if you created or found a free "you make a difference" paper? Keep it up- you're wonderful!
jaikarkaur wrote: Thank you for reminding me to recognize people. It is so easy to do but so easy to forget
karen wrote: Can anyone leave the poem "you make the differnec"?
Debra wrote: I can just see the ripple effect you sent out. Imagine the lady sharing that with her co-workers and then how uplifted she must have been to the next customers that day. And even on to her own family.

success wrote: I love it! . That statement is so simple, yet so very powerful. "you make a difference. " i'll have to remember that one.
Aurelia wrote: You are Amazing!!!! I love your creativity!!!!!! I think I am going to steal this one from you. I have some plain white lunch bags...that I am going to decorate and use the way you did! Thanks for the Inspiration!!!!
~Aurelia :0)
unknown wrote: An applause to the pied piper ;) smiles together :):)

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