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Waking up and smelling the coffee

March 15th, 2010


“Keep Calm and Drink Coffee” Customizable Print by KeepCalmShop

A few minutes ago, I was walking home on Bank Street from an appointment. I approached an intersection and slowed down because there was a hand on the crosswalk sign. As I did this, I caught up with a young boy of about 10 years old. He was hesitating as an older boy (about 12) called out to him, having already crossed the street: “Come on! There’s no cars!”

Just then, the sign switched, so I proceeded walking, and the 10-year-old ran past me to meet up with the 12-year-old, who was holding a large cup of coffee. Then they proceeded to scamper on ahead as I followed behind them.

In the span of two seconds, I had a few thoughts flit through my mind — I wondered what a preteen kid was doing drinking a huge coffee, I furrowed my brow at the fact that the older boy had chided the younger one to cross against the light, I did a little scoff at the fact that it was Starbucks when there are so many great locally-owned cafés on the same block…

All of a sudden, the two boys slowed down and turned into an alley between two shops, and as I continued to walk past them, I watched as they handed the coffee to a homeless man who was sitting against the wall.


I don’t mind eating a bit of crow when, at the same time, my faith in people (especially younger ones) is a little restored.

Those kids brightened up the day for at least two strangers.

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  1. Jen
    March 15th, 2010 at 14:27 | #1

    wow, great story! Thanks for sharing, M.

  2. March 15th, 2010 at 14:56 | #2

    Thanks for brightening up my day with this – very sweet indeed :)

  3. March 16th, 2010 at 09:57 | #3

    That is so sweet. Beyond sweet, actually. What a lovely story.

  4. March 16th, 2010 at 21:27 | #4

    Did not see that coming. Heartwarming to say the least.

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