As I rounded the next corner, I spotted the big yellow "M". We pulled in behind 6 other cars because it was exactly 12 noon and people were hungry for nuggets and burgers. I ordered my two drinks(one for me and one for Bodie) through the little speaker and then proceeded to the window to pay.
I rolled the window down, and there inside his little window with a gigantic smile was Ralph. I would guess Ralph to be somewhere in his seventies. His hands were wrinkly and his face looked like he has probably spent lots of time working outside. He wore glasses. His hair was silver and balding just a bit.
"Hi there little lady," he said still smiling.
"Hi Ralph," I answered back with a smile.
"Looks like ya have two little darlins in the back seat there," he said.
"Yes I do," I answered back.
Ralph took my two dollars and 16 cents and carefully put the bills and coins in their rightful places in the register and then he handed me my receipt. He looked right in my eyes and said,
"I really hope you have a great day!"
"I hope so too, Ralph," I said.
My experience through the drive-through today with Ralph caught me a little off-guard. I've never had a drive-through person be so kind and it took me a few minutes to process and realize his kindness.
Ralph's kindness made me want to be just as kind to the bakery man at Albertson's when I passed him a while later while getting my groceries. I payed a little extra attention to the bakery man and commented on all the yummy treats in the display case with a smile. I also tried to be just as kind to the man in the meat section. I didn't comment on all the yummy treats in the meat display case because they didn't look as yummy, but I was still extra kind to him.
Ralph doesn't know it, but his kindness was passed on today and I'll continue to think about Ralph and his gigantic smile. It made my day. And I'll continue to pass Ralph's kindness on.
And just as a little favor to me, if you ever stop at the McDonald's on Val Vista and Guadalupe and Ralph is your cashier, be extra nice to him. He deserves it.