Today’s Cups of Kindness were transacted in two parts, at Starbucks zip codes 97303 and 97071. For my first cup of the morning, I waited in the long morning commuter line and paid an additional $5.40 for the Honda SUV behind me. The barista called me a dear, which I thought was sweet, only because I’m old enough to be her mother.
The second transaction, part deux, was transacted after a long morning meeting that zapped all willpower to sustain the remainder of the last day of school before Spring Vacation. As I made my way to the window of my favorite coffee shop, I noticed the daily special–a free $5.00 gift card with the purchase of a pound of coffee beans. I love this special. It is my opportunity to stock up on those gift cards that I stash for cup of kindness emergencies.
As the two baristas happily prepped my order–they offered to grind my freshly purchased coffee beans. I politely said: “No, that’s too much hassle, and it will just take too long. That’s ok.” It was about halfway through my sentence when the Cup 32 Snowman Barista chimed in and brightly shouted out: “No worry. We’ll do anything for you!” It made me laugh and smile at the same time. As they continued to process my order, I sipped my latte and paid $7.00 for the driver of the über sexy silver BMW in my rear-view. Although I never intended to do two transactions for the day, it just seemed wrong to pass through and not purchase a cup for the unsuspecting patron behind me. Up until now, I’d never needed to consider the option since I only make one Starbucks run a day. But, today’s busy morning and mixed Spring Break anticipation required an extra shot of mojo.
The hot latte in my cup holder and the barista’s entertaining banter quickly filled up my emotional tank. By the time I returned to work, I was perking and ready to go. Thanks to a couple of baristas and that driver in my rear-view, I was energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day. So here’s to another successful day in the mission of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope. Until tomorrow, for sure…because I definitely need to return to Starbucks 97303 and pick up that pound of freshly ground coffee beans I forgot at the window. Oops!
Tagged: Be Kind, Brightening Someone's Day, Buying Coffee for Strangers, Cup of Kindness, Daily Events, Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, Inspiration, Random Acts of Kindness, Spring Break, Starbucks