Act Of Kindness Day

Before I came to Australia I had never heard of this thing. Actually before I starting working at Coffee Sisters (shout out) I had never heard of this. First time I encountered this “act” was when I was serving a customer in our drive-in. She ordered a coffee and said “Can I also pay for the next persons coffee?” I was so confused, I was like, do you know the next person coming in, in case which kind of coffee are they having so I can press an actual bottom on my iPad (as there is no bottom that says Act Of Kindness). I had to go back in and ask the other girls, what does this woman mean. Apparently it’s a thing. You pay 4.5 (or 5 if you wanna give them a large) extra for whoever the next person is. They drive off and we get the luxury of telling the next person, that this coffee they are now ordering, is free, because the kind person in front of them bought it for them!

So the 29th of April is Act Of Kindness Day! I don’t have an amazing story to tell from 2019 so this is from 29th of April last year. A customer came in relatively early and ordered a coffee for themselves. The owner of our coffee shop happened to be rostered on for work on this day and she knew about this special day (most likely thanks to Facebook, like we all know how it’s helps us remembering people’s birthdays). She said “Did you know today is Act Of Kindness Day and this morning I bought a young girl $20 fuel at the petrol station”. (Our boss loves to chat and so does the regulars). This customer must have thought, hey great idea, cause she bought the next customer a coffee. But what the amazing thing is, this “act” went on for about 40 minutes! 40 minutes at one of the most busiest drive-in’s South of the River with more than 4 drive-in bays. This is a lot of kindness being passed on.

The one person to end this “act”, must have been the right person. According to my boss, she burst out in tears maybe due to the kindness in people and possibly also due to the probably very needed free coffee she got. We need to do more of these Acts Of Kindness towards each other, we need to be better human being towards one another, stranger or friend, poor or rich, black or white. The feeling it gives us when you do something kind to another person is much better than the largest, best brewed coffee you can get (even though it’s a close second).

See more on Facebook about Random Acts Of Kindness. It is actually really a thing.

A Day Off

The 26 pancakes

A day off work is like a miracle, especially if it’s unexpected. Happens very rarely, but there’s nothing better than when the Boss calls you to tell you “we don’t need you in today, you can have the day off” (I work as a Barista, probably the only profession where this scenario can happen). Yessssss mama, you think. First thing you do, go back to sleep. Dang it, then you wake up, much later and you have that groggy-feeling I like to call it. It’s when you’ve slept more than, for me personally, 10 hours and you feel more tired than when you went to bed.

Then you realise it’s 11am and you’ve already wasted almost half of your day off. Get something to eat, mmh I might make something nice for breakfast, for all it is a day off. You decide to make pancakes, from scratch. Doesn’t actually take that long, all it is is eggs, flour and milk and then on the pan for a minute or two. But the pancake mix just always happens to become a massive portion, like two or three liters of milk and flour and it takes you two hours to make 26 pancakes. Well, at least you can have pancakes for the rest of the week now.

1pm. Better do some laundry now I have the time. Uh I might just sort my clothes now I’m with it, while listening to loud music of course. 3pm. Better do some shopping so I can make a healthy, delicious meal now I have the time for it. 4pm. Everyone else in the household starts getting home from work. Jeez, feels like the day is almost over then, even though mine feels like it have just only started. Exercise and feed the horses (yes that is part of my daily routine). And kaboom, sun sets, it’s dark, day is over and I have achieved absolutely nothing during this whole day! (Except a weeks worth of pancake breakfasts).

I COULD have gone to the hairdresser, or for a wax (which I need), washed and cleaned my car (which it needs), caught up over coffee with an old friend that I haven’t seen in forever, done those insurance papers that has been on my do to list for six months, called my parents and made their week and probably a lot of other things that urgently needs doing.

So really instead I could have been at work for 8.5 hours and earned a whole heap of money (a whole heap is a lot said, as we all know baristas don’t get payed in whole heaps), but it wasn’t really my choice, I just did as my Boss told me, right. Also I probably feel very well rested for tomorrows work day!