We started to leave as quickly as possible, one of us with a face redder than a poor soul who gets caught farting loudly in a silent church, and shortly before we got to the door, the guy I'd only just barely met ever in my life about 45 seconds prior to this moment was standing there. He offered me a $5 Starbucks gift card. At first I refused, wondering why someone would give such a glorious (angels sing when I drink lattes) gift to such a completely strange kind of stranger like little ol' me, and then he explained that it wasn't exactly his own gift card but more kind of like one from his church that he was giving away as a random act of kindness, no strings attached. That made bucket loads more sense. As jaded as I've been on some of my "bad Tulsa days" about the over abundance of in your face religion here in the new state of Oklahoma that I, loosely, call home, I also thought this was pretty cool. Maybe my religion (or lack thereof) doesn't match with some around me, especially when it intersects with my politics, but being nice, randomly or otherwise, is still a good thing.
There are certainly others far more deserving of this gift, but I'm probably one who appreciates it as much as many and more than some since, um, hello, coffee is involved, and we all know how I feel about coffee. While I am in no danger of joining their church, I'll find a way to randomly pass on the kindness to a stranger because I already apparently enjoy talking to complete strangers as if they were family anyway.
Bonus quote, in the words of a famous gentleman from what will always sort of be my home state of Illinois:
JET Program update: Looks like results are in for candidates of Trinidad, Tobago, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. That list doesn't include the US, which is where I am, and so the waiting continues. At least I'll be caffeinated. If accepted, my Japanometer is still leaning towards "yes, I'd likely go." If accepted.When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)