The Kindness Of Strangers
I've always believed the old adage, "A penny saved is a penny earned," so my husband and I save our loose change in a jar until one of us finally rolls it in coin wrappers. One afternoon, with my pennies, nickels, quarters and dimes in hand, I took my children, Spencer and Abby, and their Aussie friends, Hamish and Francesca, for our first visit to the newly-opened Chick-fil-A in our neighborhood. The kids and I ordered, and then I began the arduous process of counting out coins. Initially, I came up short, and apologetically delved into my pockets for more coins. I then turned around to the kids and announced, "Sorry, but I don't have enough for brownies today." I was determined to only use the change I had on hand, and I was quite proud of the fact that I was feeding five people on the proceeds from a coin jar! As I was about to pick up our order, a kind employee from South Africa placed four brownies on my tray. I remarked, "You needn't do that. I can pay!", but he insisted that the brownies were a gift. His kindness brought me to tears. Unfortunately, the tears caused my contacts to start swimming around in my eyes, and I couldn't see as I turned around to head for a table. Consequently, I bumped into one of the kids and spilled my tea, resulting in another kind gesture from a CFA employee -- cleaning up my mess! I was so moved by the kindness that day that I called corporate headquarters, recounting my story and crying yet again. The sweet lady on the phone said, "Wait just a minute; I think you need to talk to someone." She put me through to Dan Cathy which, yes, made me cry even more because I hugely admire the Cathy family and had just read a story about Dan Cathy in Guideposts. Years later, I recounted the story to Truett Cathy when I met him at a luncheon. He pulled some coupons out of his pocket which, you guessed it, made me cry! I'll never forget the kindness I received that day and continue to receive from the incredible folks at CFA.