My Pay It Forward Experience
A week before Christmas I pulled up to the drive thru at Starbucks. The horrific tradjedy of Sandy Hook was still fresh on my mind. I felt the need to do something kind, something unexpected to a stranger. I instantly thought of a kind gesture: I would purchase the car behind me their coffee. As the car line slowly crept, I rethought my idea. Would the person behind me appreciate it? They seemed to be driving some big fat luxury SUV, and most certainly didn’t appear to be in the need of someone else to purchase their coffee. Maybe instead I should purchase and deliver a coffee to the homeless man that I often see near the metro station. I was torn. At last I reached the cashier and handed her my credit card to pay for my coffee and she says, “No worries m’am, the person in front of you already bought you your drink.” My heart melted. Although I can afford my own coffee, I was now the recipent of a pay it forward gesture from a complete stranger. I had chills. It was an incredible feeling. I immediatly told the cashier to use my credit card to purchase the drink of the driver in that SUV behind me. She smiled. I smiled back.
Have you ever payed it forward? How? Were your kids involved?
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