Sunday, January 10, 2010


Who says 18 year olds are callow, shallow, self-absorbed?  On her way to work a few days ago, our daughter pulled in line at a Starbucks drive-thru for a cup of coffee.  Much to her surprise and delight the barista handed the steaming “cup o Joe“ and proclaimed, “no charge”.  Why?  Apparently the car in front of her paid for her treat! 

Touched with the sweet gesture she glanced in the mirror at the car behind her.  Yep, kindness paid backwards, that’s exactly what she did, treated for the coffee of the person next in line without them knowing. 

With a warmth that penetrated deep within her, it wasn’t the coffee that produced that sensation. 

I imagine the smile on the baristas face on that chilly morning and wonder how far the chain of kindness continued.

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