Cof­fee and apol­ogy ap­pre­ci­ated

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

AL­THOUGH fraz­zled and rush­ing to get to my son’s Sept. 20 hockey game, I de­cided I could spare a cou­ple min­utes and pick up a cof­fee at the Tim Hor­tons on St. Mary’s Road at Warde Av­enue along the way, es­pe­cially as the line up looked to only be five cars long.

I took my place in line, placed my or­der and moved up. Now there were just three cars ahead of me, col­lect­ing their or­ders. I don’t know what the prob­lem was, but that’s where I sat for well over 10 min­utes, my stress level ris­ing with each pass­ing one.

I couldn’t es­cape ei­ther, as the line up be­hind me grew and grew.

Fi­nally, we moved, and I came to the win­dow, im­pa­tient and an­gry. I held out my card to pay, but the young man at the win­dow told me that a lady had al­ready paid for me and wanted to apol­o­gize for hold­ing up the line.

All that neg­a­tive en­ergy I was hold­ing inside dis­si­pated in­stantly, and I ac­tu­ally smiled.

To that lady: Thank you. Know that your ges­ture was ap­pre­ci­ated.

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