Reason to SMILE #142: A PLAIN BAGEL WITH PLAIN CREAM CHEESE
My heart was set on an “Everything” bagel with strawberry cream cheese and my taste buds were primed and ready. I drove up to the drive thru speaker.
“How can I help you?” asked the voice on the other side of the speaker.
“Do you have any “Everything” bagels today?” I inquired. It was lunch time and they may have run out at breakfast.
“One large sweet tea,” the voice responded. “Is that all?”
“No, not tea. I wanted to know what bagels you have.”
“OK. That was raspberry tea.”
“No. I want a bagel.”
“Let’s try this one more time,” the voice finally said. “If I can’t understand you this time, I’ll ask you to drive around to the window.”
“How ’bout I come on up to the window?” I suggested while thinking this drive-thru guy must somehow be related to Siri, my similarly comprehension-challenged iPhone assistant. (Then, again, maybe I’m the problem… Surely Not! 😉 )
I pulled up to the window. The employee and I had a decent conversation with SMILES and everything. He apologized for not being able to hear me at the speaker. I ordered the “Everything” bagel but unfortunately, they were out. I settled for a whole grain bagel (probably better for me) with strawberry cream cheese (probably not good for me at all). I paid. I received my order and I drove away.
When I returned to work, I opened the bag and pulled out my bagel. I had already resigned myself to the fact that I was not going to be enjoying an “Everything” bagel for lunch but I was consoled by knowing the bagel I ordered was smothered in yummy strawberry cream cheese. I opened the food wrapper to discover a plain bagel covered with plain cream cheese. SIGH! Apparently, I’m having communication problems!
I did not have time to return to the restaurant so my taste buds had to deal with disappointment. The problem was the disappointment began to infected my attitude. For a while after lunch, nothing made me happy. In fact, everything made me cranky. People aggravated me and simple tasks irritated me. It was not a good afternoon.
I don’t know what it was that pulled me out of my awful mood. I think I just eventually realized how silly I was acting. So I didn’t get the bagel I wanted. I didn’t even get my second choice but I did get to eat. That’s more than some people can say. And if the only disappointment I experienced today was finding a plain bagel with plain cream cheese in my drive thru order, then I’m doing pretty good. In fact, I am blessed.
We don’t always get the SMILES we want in life. So when life serves you a plain bagel with plain cream cheese, remember to be thankful. Thankfulness keeps your heart happy and a happy heart shows all over your face!
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