It Is In Giving That You Get
--by keymaker, posted Jan 16, 2011
It was one of those unexpected moments of generosity that just takes your breath away -
I called up my favorite sandwich shop, ordered two veggie hoagies, and arranged to pick them up in ten minutes. Parking places are hard to find around there so my wife dropped me off, saying she would pick me up again in a few minutes.
I walk in and mention my order. "Ah yes! Here you go. That'll be $14.87," the burly man behind the counter said. I gave him the cash and he handed me my change. As I picked up the napkins he handed me a giant empty glass. "Here you go," he said. "That's for your drink."
I took it, not really sure why he had given it to me. "Um, I actually didn't order a drink," I said and tried to hand him the glass back. "Oh, I know. Go ahead, help yourself to a drink," he insisted.
I couldn't believe it! He was just being generous! Happily, I filled the glass with a drink and I noticed he wasn't doing that to any other customer. So, right before I left I smiled and asked him, "To what do I owe this honor?"
He just raised both his hands, shrugged his shoulders, and said, "No real reason. Just thought you'd enjoy it with your meal." It was a beautiful moment. And then he added, "As they say, it is in giving that you get."
Now, I've heard that statement before but to hear in this context, in the two minutes I have for picking up a sandwich, unexpectedly from the man behind the counter -- it was really something.