My chance to pay it forward came today! Some of you heard me on the air a few weeks ago, talking about how Corn was trying to buy a coffee in a depanneur the day after his knee surgery and was 10 cents short. On crutches, and in quite a bit of pain, he asked the clerk if he could come back later with the money (seeing as how he couldn't run home and come right back). She gave him a "yeah right" look (even though he goes there and sees the same girl on a frequent basis). She wasn't looking too into the idea when the guy behind him in line stepped up and said, "Hey, how much do you need? You look like you're in pain, there". And this nice stranger paid the difference.
This morning, I was in line at a coffee shop. The kid in front of me (he looked maybe 14..but he was a little fellah) was buying a coffee and came up short. He was counting a handful of coins in his pocket when I immediately thought of Corn's coffee incident and stepped in to offer a toonie. He said, "Thank you so much ma'am" ('ma'am!' WAY TO MAKE ME FEEL OLD, YA SNOTNOSED..er, I mean...) then tried to give me change back. I refused and said, "Naw, save it for the next time". Then he thanked me AGAIN. He was all shy about it and could barely look at me. I wanted to punch him in the face, he was so adorable. But I punched the cashier out instead. Cold. Flat out. I think she's still on the floor actually.
Neat eh? And now, despite the thunderstorms outside....my day is starting just great.
*part of that story was a lie*