Civility costs nothing….

An old proverb that is very, very true. Today at the cafe proved it. I’m one of those people that if treated properly, I will be equally nice back. It doesn’t cost anything to be pleasant.

A couple of examples. One lady wanted change and I managed to find the right amount to give to her. “You’re a legend!” she exclaimed. Usually, I’m more of a fag end, so that compliment was welcome.

I’m starting to get to know the customers and knowing what they purchase. One gentleman who orders a black tea and a white tea came in. “Black tea and white tea?” I enquired, hopefully. “No, black tea and a coffee!”. Ah well, it was worth a go trying to be a mind reader. All done with good humour.

Another lady commented favourably on the cup of tea I just made her. Though the praise was nice, what is there to making a cup of tea? Tea bag, hot water, stir the tea bag around a bit, pour in the milk and add sugar. Simple really, but I seemed to make a good one there. 

And my colleague, well she’s lovely too, so I’ll dish out the compliments. She looks after me and jogs my memory after I’ve (usually) forgotten a customer’s order. Wish I had a sieve to make the tea because my brain’s like one.

Well, not quite. Another customer praised me for working out the cost of her order. “You’re quick! I can’t believe that” she said. It’s all them years working out my late mother’s shopping bills. No calculator, just all in my head. So the brain does work, when it wants too.

So, some lovely praise from some random people. Be nice to those on the way up, because you’ll meet them again on the way down. I just think being polite and respectful goes a long way in life. A simple philosophy that my parents drummed into me. People do like me, I hope. 

Allen Brooks

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Author: allenbrooks44

44 year old adult living with Autism...

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