by Madeline Laughs
Downstairs at the hotel for breakfast one morning, I put my tray on a table and left it to go and put a couple of slices of bread in the toaster.
An elderly gentleman walks right over to my table and puts his newspaper down, and then moves my tray to another table.
I leave the toaster and go around the corner to make a coffee at the coffee bar.
I’m just finishing filling the cup when I hear the toaster pop up, so I decide to go and get the toast so someone else can use the toaster.
I round the corner to see the same little old man walking away with my toast on his plate.
I put two more slices of bread in the toaster and go back to get my coffee and see the same little old man walking back to his table with the fresh coffee I had just poured.
Now he’s starting to piss me off.
I decide to wait to fix my own breakfast until he is seated and reading his paper.
Fortunately, since I had prepared most of what he wanted already, this didn’t take long.
As I was getting my tray ready to take back to my room, I had a thought.
I grabbed a banana out of the fruit basket and took it to the elderly man’s table. I placed it next to his plate, leaned down and smiled and said “For later when you get peckish.” He smiled back and told me he thought this was a very good idea. Then he tucked the banana in his back pocket and waved to me as I left the dining area.
Seeing the banana I had put on my own tray for the exact same reason, I knew his breakfast wasn’t complete without it.
The next time it appears someone is invading your space, or purposely annoying you, take a moment to consider that they are just going about their day and have no awareness of you at all. Rather than occupying your brain with thoughts of anger, try thinking about how you can make this new development into something you will happily recall on occasion.
Sharing your bananas can make all the difference in your world, and in theirs.
- Banana Dolce Oatmeal (everywhichwhey.wordpress.com)