Saturday, June 19, 2010
Day Eighteen - TSA & Zagnut
Thankfully when I made it to my gate, the flight was delayed and I could take a few minutes to grab a magazine and compose myself. I was still on a "kindness high" as I got in line at a little kiosk and found what I was looking for and got in line to pay.
Behind me was an older gentlemen eyeing the candy bars. He said to me, "I don't need a candy bar, do I?" I smiled, turned and answered, "Of course you do!" He chuckled at me and said, "No I don't" and at that moment he spied a Zagnut bar lined up neatly with the large assortment of other candies. "Oh my gosh" he said, "a Zagnut bar! I haven't seen one of those in years! I thought they quit making them." I replied, "well then, that settles it. You need a candy bar!" He went on to nostalgically tell me that Zagnuts were originally made by the Clark company in Pittsburgh where he grew up. As a boy, he rode his bike by the factory every day. He was so sweet and I could tell the Zagnut brought back pleasant memories for him. When it was my turn to pay, the gentleman turned to the woman behind me and began explaining about his Zagnut bar. The cashier overheard the whole conversation and both of us were tickled by his excitement. As I paid for my magazine, I quietly told the cashier to include his candy bar. He seemed a little surprised, but then I could tell that he really liked the idea. After I paid, I turned around to the gentleman who was still telling his story and said, "enjoy the Zagnut." He smiled and waved as I ran off into the crowd at the gate. I glanced back for a moment and saw him trying to pay for his candy bar and the cashier must have just told him I bought it for him because he glanced around, looking a little bewildered. My heart felt full as I watched the puzzled look on his face turn into a giant smile and he turned to look for me in the crowd. I ducked away to my gate, smiling broadly and knowing I had made someone happy for the second time today. I guess he will be telling the story later, but more importantly, I hope he passes the kindness forward. Judging by my brief encounter with him, I'm sure he will!
"Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
~ Mother Teresa