Small Acts of Kindness – Paying For My Coffee


I’m one of those people who put a lot of value in those small, every-day acts of kindness. I’d like to tell you about one I had recently, because it really did touch me in a way I can not even begin to describe.

You see, my husband is a city worker. Every day he goes to the same coffee shop, and he often brings his crew with him. Myself, my sister-in-law, and my daughter, decided to meet him there the other day for a few minutes. He had his crew with him, which includes one of my brothers. We were all milling about, trying to get everything ordered for such a large group of people, and behind us was an older red-haired lady holding a bag of coffee. (You an buy special coffee blends to make at home yourself there.)

So, anyways, my husband is running late to his next job site and he hands us a $5 to cover the cost of his coffee, and a bit more. Before he leaves, he comes over to say good-bye. He hugs and kisses me and our daughter, and gives his sister a hug. He says a simple ‘I love you’ to each of us, and the older lady behind us smiles really big and ‘aaahs.’ She says “That is just so sweet. It’s so nice to see young families who say I love you and care so much.” Well, we grinned at her, unsure of what to say, and now its my brothers turn. He comes up, hugs us women folk, and tells us he loves us. The lady’s grin is just about to break her face in two, and I have to say it was rather endearing.

Perhaps a full minute after the guys leave, our coffee is done. Our bill, in total, came up to around $15. We go to pay for our coffee and the red-haired lady behind us hands the counter girl a $20. We exclaim and stutter that she doesn’t have to do that, but she told us she wanted to. We then exclaimed our thanks, but to our surprise, she thanked us! She said that we had really made her day by simply being the loving family we were (she didn’t mention the extended or strange makeup of our family – haha), and that paying for our coffee was the very least she could do.

What a simple act of kindness – paying for our coffee. Yet I will never forget that sweet lady, or that simple thing she did for us. I’m glad that we could make her day as well, even if it was by simply being the way we always are. These are things that matter, so pass it on! šŸ˜‰


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. P. C. Zick
    May 12, 2014 @ 17:04:28

    Such a delightful story. Thank you for sharing!


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