We went out to brunch the other day. While everyone else was finishing up, me and the antsy little-one walked across the street to a health food store. I wanted to browse around for fun items and pick up something sweet to eat (I've been on a sugar kick this week). As soon as I walked in, a nice man smiled and said "Hello." I returned both: the hello and the smile. Marlowe and I walked up and down each isle a few times (they had mini carts, she was in love). I finally settled on a double chocolate chip cookie. I brought it to the counter (which already had a small pile started from another customer), but no one was there. I walked away. Walked around a bit more. And walked back. The customer checking out was the nice man who smiled as I walked through the door. He asked me if I had ever tried the kombucha he was holding. I said "No, I tend to stick with the other brand". Cheerfully and with enthusiasm he said: "This stuff is amazing, the absolute best. You have to try it. Try the raspberry ginger, you'll love it." I smiled and said "Okay, sure, you've talked me into it, I'm going to do it". With Marlowe on my hip, I walked to the back of the store, opened the cooler, poked around, found the specific flavor, and walked back to the counter. The man was gone. I sat my drink on the counter, reached into my purse, and pulled out my wallet. The cashier woman gave me a big smile and said "everything is already paid for." I ask: "what, are you sure?" She says "Yes. He paid for everything." A little stunned, I smile, and respond "Wow thank you. I wish he hadn't left so I could have thanked him". I leave with my drink and a cookie for Marlowe. I look around outside, but the man is no where to be found. That was that. A sweet gesture. My cookie fairy.
I've been thinking about my cookie fairy a lot. He was so cheerful, generous, and kind. He did something sweet, for a stranger, and never looked back for a thank you. It's a bit inspiring. I've been working on this lately, even before the cookie fairy popped into my life. I've been wanting to be more cheerful and giving, just for the sake of being cheerful and giving... and it seems, the universe has certainly been returning kindness my way. From now on, I'm setting out to be a fulltime-lifelong cookie fairy ;)
Speaking of cookies... I made a big batch this afternoon. I'll be sharing the best vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe (in the world)... very soon ;)