As my Chevy Equinox rolled through the Starbucks drive-thru, I was reminded by two wide-eyed, whining, energetic dogs to order ‘puppacinos’. Checking my Starbucks phone app, I realized I had enough for a drink award.
“Welcome to Starbucks, what can I get started for today?”
“One venti iced cappuccino, non-fat, two pumps mocha, one extra shot of espresso, blonde roast, cold foam, please….and oh yeah, a chocolate cake pop and two puppy whips”, as I muttered to the person at the other end of the speaker box. (I ordered cold foam because it was free. I never order it because it’s a dollar extra. In my estimation, the drink alone, came to about $7.50).
“Thanks, please pull around!”
Approaching the drive-thru window, two pups, with heads lunging out of the back-seat window, eagerly awaited their puppacinos.
Holding up my phone app to pay, the girl cheerfully stated, “It’s been paid for by the car in front of you.”
“Really?” I said, as tears filled my eyes. It’s been a hard week, and this was a little glimmer of joy to fill my day.
Handing me my enormous drink, cake pop, and the puppy whips, I asked, “Can I pay it forward?”
“Absolutely!” she answered, with a grin that stretched from Florida to California.
As we drove away, I couldn’t help but think what just transpired – a simple random act of kindness.
We could all use a little more kindness in this world, couldn’t we?
I challenge you today to pay it forward, and let me know in the comments below how you Joy’d someone!
“Remember, there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
~ Scott Adams
Peace, love, and sand dollars,
Sheree K. Nielsen is the award-winning author of four books –
Her newest poetry and photography collection, Mondays in October, is her love song for the beach, and her eternal companion water. She’s dedicated the book to the Siteman Cancer Center Nurses who helped her make chemotherapy more bearable.
Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets, based on her adventures (Chanticleer Semi-Finalist for Nonfiction Guides – Insight and Instruction)
Folly Beach Dances is her 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner, a healing coffee table book inspired by her lymphoma journey
and coauthor of, Midnight the One-Eyed Cat, 2019 Chanticleer Little Peeps First Place Winner for Early Readers