I’m a regular at Barnes & Noble. My treat to myself is to go there on Sundays after church and look at travel books or whatever happens to be on my mind each week. As a regular, you tend to see the same people. The cafe workers know that I get a shot of toffee nut in my au lait. They also know that seasonally, I’ll get the pumpkin shot (like I did today). There are also regular customers. There’s the guy that always reads the paper, who seems to be there any other day that I happen to visit. There’s the guy that seems to always looks like he wants to talk to me, but is probably rather shy and is a bit older. Often, there’s a noisy group from a local church that comes in while their kids are at Sunday School. Various students are there studying, a family that has a tutor meet them for their sons, the couple that always checks out what travel books I’m looking at and asks where I’m going next, and the list goes on.
Today I had set my coffee down and went to the travel section. There was a man who was heading in the same path that I was. I didn’t recognize him as a regular, but maybe he was.
Excuse me. I don’t want this to sound untoward. But can I ask you a question?
Have you cut your hair recently?
I nodded and said “yes.”
It’s a very flattering cut on you.
Thank you. As he walks away I say, “I think you just made my day.”
Definitely a nice start to my day. 🙂