Cup 109

Cup 109Today’s Cup 109 was transacted at Starbucks, zip code 97303. I was greeted by (Cup 95) Mr. Cranberry Bliss Barista who shouted out a friendly hello while ringing up the additional $4.39 cup of kindness for the little Honda in my rear-view. As he handed over my soy latte he shouted out: “Hey, how are ya? [Snowman Cookie Barista] and  I were so worried about you yesterday. You came by and looked like a Sad Little Panda.” I smiled. And laughed. And smiled again. I assured him I was doing well, but just finished up a really busy week. He then said: “You know, we just like to pay attention to our regulars…Want to make sure you’re doing all right.” I definitely smiled again. And then swallowed the lump in my throat.

As I drove off with a hot soy latte in hand, I felt a sense of thanks. I don’t really know the cute Snowman Cookie Barista or Mr. Cranberry Bliss, but they are definitely a part of my weekly routine. The fact I juggle a great deal of responsibility at work, and serve in a very public leadership role, means that my personal world is very private. My worried or sad expression is known only to few. Yesterday, these two sweet baristas caught a glimpse of that. A glimpse of my quiet and very personal space. My coffee time lends me that escape, and they were privy to that few minutes of space.

For the next several miles, I sipped my latte in the midst of that bittersweet moment: the mixed satisfaction over another day of Fully Caffeinated Generosity and Hope, and the kindness of the baristas. I swallowed those first few sips, fighting back a few tears and raised my paper cup to those two.  I said thank you for allowing one Starbucks regular a space to show a little vulnerability, and offering a supportive dose of cheer. Here’s to all those baristas with heart, fully caffeinated and then some.

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3 thoughts on “Cup 109

  1. kristijojedlicki April 14, 2013 at 7:06 am Reply

    I went to Starbucks yesterday on the way to my daughter’s soccer game (how cliché, huh?), and I thought of you and your cups of kindness you share every day. This blog post resonated with me, as I have formed relationships with people who are strangers for the most part but whom I interact with on a regular basis. I have had similar interactions like the one you had with the baristas, and it always is a wonderful reminder how we all are interconnected in a world that can sometimes seem so big. I hope that you find a smile on your face and a cup of kindness on your lips soon!

    • The Rock Tumbler April 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and posting…Cheers! 🙂

      • kristijojedlicki April 26, 2013 at 9:46 pm

        You are more than welcome, and thanks for sharing some good cheer and good beverages every day!

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