21 Feb '17, 12pm

We discover, in a sea of complaints and fears and anxiety little pockets of people who make us feel at home.

We discover, in a sea of complaints and fears and anxiety little pockets of people who make us feel at home.

I pulled up to the drive-through screen at Starbucks and smiled when I heard her voice. Her joy traveled through the high-tech video speaker system, a Chick-fil-A level attitude of kindness that cut through the typical early morning yawns. I placed my order and pulled around, scanning my Starbucks app to pay – and receiving not only a smile but cheers from the barista who noticed immediately that I just made Gold status. We can talk later about the amount of coffee drinking required to get to that point. Our drinks weren’t ready yet and she could have closed her window and walked away, taking the next person’s order or simply wandering away to avoid small talk. But she stayed. She spoke with Madi and asked about our plans for the day, her extroverted exuberance contagious even before that first cup of coffee. She handed our drinks through the window and I was honestly sad ...

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