Tuesday, February 22, 2011

So I'm driving to work this morning..

..and I notice my stomach growling..um..more like roaring.

Decide to drive thru McDonald's and get an oatmeal {have you tried these??? Seriously yummified!} and a black coffee (flavor and drinkability to be added at my desk..)

I have stopped by a few times since they added the oatmeal-lushiness..and the same probably 20+ something young man with nerd-like tendencies has been the  "drive up to the first window and pay" person..and seemed a little grumpy/shy/disenchanted/bored and or inconvenienced by my first-thing-in-the-morning-crazy-grinning-old-lady-well-hello! demeanor ..

So when I saw him still there this morning (what? no promotion?) I smiled and handed him my exact amount of $3.22 (the amount I know by heart now) and asked him if he's having a good start to the day...he says..

"Yes..yes I am. 'Cause I have a lovely young lady at my window this morning.."

and then he..SMILED!

A real true heart-felt smile.

Of course I knew he was not flirting..after all, I could be his grandmother mother big sister's....uh...elderly friend.

But the fact that we made a connection, shared a smile, and maybe, just maybe, he will go on to have a better day just made me have a way better day than I thought it could be.

Way to go McDonald's.

Thanks for the awesome-kick-butt-oatmeal ..and a brighter day.

And thank you "twenty-something-sometimes-grumpy-because-nobody-SEES -you-drive-thru-guy"



just call me jo said...

That oatmeal is seriously tasty. I had one last time I flew home. It has lots of calories and fat grams, but what the heck! Oatmeal is delicious and healthy. That young man must have a chivalric (Is that a word?) heart.

ain't for city gals said...

It just doesn't take much to turn someone's day around...my parents taught me that lesson...and I try to practice it every chance I get.

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I've never liked oatmeal mush but that looks like it might be kind of good. I'll have to take the step.

Pearl said...

You can make anybody smile and now he will have much better days and so will you with your oatmeal on the go. Sweet story, Pearl

Vee said...

Well now see?! You wore him down and this morning he became his true self. Oatmeal at McDonalds? I may have to give that a try...

Elizabeth said...

Great story!

Linda Chapman said...

Hello!! This is my first visit and I so enjoyed this post!! Looking forward to more visiting and reading some of the 'older posts'......

It never hurst to smile at people does it?? Good for you!

Jennie said...

That's awesome! I try, don't always do, but try to find something nice to say about a stranger each day - some sort of random compliment. I love the responses I get - sometimes a joyful thank you and sometimes a confused, "are you on crack?" look. Whatever, it makes me feel good to think that maybe for a moment someone is distracted from their ho-hum day.

Best wishes my friend,

Diane said...

This post made me smile--What a great way to start each other's day, and BTW--Love their oatmeal too. I was pleasantly surprised the first time I had it!

Pen Pen said...

Now you should tell him about your blog... if anyone starts their day off with your blog, they will smile all day. :o)

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

This is a PRECIOUS entry!

With all sorts of levels of precious-ness to it.

-You made this guy feel better.
-Maybe you lifted his whole mood, for the day.
-If so, the people he waits on, and works with, will feel the good mood.
-You feel good, for doing it.
-You certainly responded to his change in mood.

Wow! Pretty good work for one of us "Olden Gals"! I'm proud to know you, Hon.

Karen said...

I do try to give every customer a great big smile and Hello! when they come in the door. I hope they remember me as "that nice lady at AAA".

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a sweet story, I'm so glad he smiled!

Jillian said...

I need to try some of that oatmeal. And good for you for making him smile! In the deli I used to work at we had a drive thru--I loved it! It's like you said, sometimes you can make someone's day by making sure that they realize that you DO see them. It's nice to make a difference.