Julie Lyles Carr: Starbucks Blessing

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Starbucks Blessing

Wednesday is my crazy day.

As if Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday aren't.

But Wednesday in particular is crazy. I spend more time shuttling around in the van than some occupants of Space Lab.

Okay, that was a slight exaggeration. But that is how it feels.

JT and I have training runs on Wednesday morning. With the jogging strollers. On hills. Then the twins have dance for an hour and a half. Then I try to clock some home office time, laundry time and check-everyone's-algebra-time. Then it's a full slate of drive to the dance school, drop off three people, drive to the church, drop off two more people, go back to the dance school, pick up a couple of people, go back to the church, pick up some more of my people, then make yet another run to the dance school for any remaining people.

And that's just if I don't have to make a run to the university campus for another one of my people.

Fossil fuels. We abuse them.

Today I was in full van throttle speed, having dropped off the twins and needing to hit a couple of errands. I ran through Starbucks to pick up some full octane caffeine to keep me going and ordered a Cafe Misto and a banana walnut bread...because banana walnut bread has to be healthy, right? With bananas? And walnuts? I rifled through my purse, gathering correct change, drumming the steering wheel to get moving on to my next stop. I pulled up to the Starbucks drive thru and started to hand the server my cash when he said, "No, no. You don't owe me anything. The lady in front of you had someone pay it forward last week and she wanted to do it for you. So you got a little blessing."

I was so surprised. And delighted. And thankful.

And it made my day.

I prayed for my secret coffee benefactor, prayed that the Lord would give her a sweet blessing today, prayed for her family and friends, for her schedule, for the things on her to-do list. And I marveled again that a simple kindness of a stranger can change the complexion of a day, can give a peace and a smile, can fill a busy heart.

So thank you, thank you, my Starbucks blessing.

And I'll be sure to pay it forward, as per your example.

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