I’m running around like a crazy woman … again! Boooooooooo. I have so much to do: work, writing, cleaning, laundry, auditions …
Seriously. When it rains, it pours … and me without an umbrella.
In my 10 minutes off between activities, I go to the Jack in the Box drive-thru. I gotta eat, but I gotta get in and get out and get on with my day. I don’t have time for anything else. My interaction with the cashier, however, gave me pause.
Today’s good deed: TELL SOMEONE HE IS APPRECIATED
“Hello and welcome…to JACK IN THE BOX! Would you like to try our new Hella-peño Munchie Meal? It’s hella good!”
“No, thanks. I’d like your Ultimate Jack with cheese meal, please.”
“That’s number 4 on your menu?”
“Yes, it is.”
“BRAVISSIMO! Would you like our mouthwatering curly fries with that?”
“I’ll have the regular fries.”
“And may I have a Coke, please?”
“Coca-Cola Classic … REFRESHING!!”
“And may I add some cookies, please?”
“One order of DEEEEELIIIICIOUS COOKIES coming right up!!!!”
I couldn’t help but laugh midway through this transaction. This man was having a good time with or without me. I decided to have a good time too.
When I got to the window to pay for my lunch, there was Alberto, working all by himself, bagging the food, running the register and taking orders. He was SLAMMED with work!
Alberto’s delightful demeanor alone was enough to garner my applause, but the fact that he still had a cheery disposition while being swamped at his job BLEW ME AWAY. It was pouring rain in his world too, but he had decided to have a good time with or without an umbrella. He made me laugh just by taking my order. In the briefest of moments, he had lightened my load…while carrying his own.
He took my money while taking someone else’s order. He acknowledged me with a smile and went to grab my food. When he took the time to ask me if I needed anything else, I said,
“Nope. That’s it. Thanks for the great service.”
“Of course! You’re my customer!”
“Btw, Alberto … you’re fabulous!! I just love you! You are workin’ it!!”
Alberto touched his heart with his hand.
“Thank you. You’re a little angel.”
I drove away with my cheeseburger, my cookies, my Coca-Cola Classic and a new attitude.
Photo (Flickr CC) by Alex