I juggled my purse, my laptop, and a disposable pan filled with my secret-recipe chocolate chip cookies all while praying I wouldnâ€™t do a face-plant as I entered the car dealership.
Ryan, my knowledgeable Audi service guy, greeted me with a wave and a smile. As I slid the pan over the counter he tilted his head. â€œYou didnâ€™t have to do that!â€
I shrugged. Yeah, I kinda feel I do have to do that. He does an amazing job getting me in for oil changes and other service as needed on my car, and I wanted to show my thanks.
I found a place in the lounge to hunker down and work on my laptop. A short while later I heard another employee thank Ryan for the amazingly good cookies. Ryan pointed at me. â€œSay it to her. She brought them in.â€ The fellow came over to me licking chocolate off his fingers.
â€œOh my gosh! Those cookies are so good. I was having a lousy day until I had one and now everything has turned around.â€ He grinned, and I grinned back.
â€œIâ€™m glad you like them,â€ I said. It was the polite and modest thing to say, but inside I was doing happy cartwheels. It is a little thing to bake cookies, but to â€œturn someoneâ€™s day aroundâ€ is something else entirely. A grateful stranger? The best part of my day.