The Boy and the Bicycle Ride

One hot summer day the boy and his friend took a long bicycle ride, ending up 10 miles from home at the small local airport. The serving counter of the café inside the terminal promised a cold glass of ice water.

The waitress asked the boy what he wanted. Water would be great, he had no money. His friend had a dime and could order a coke. The two sat and talked about their “adventure” ride from home, as 12 year old boys will do. The boy noticed the waitress approaching.

She put a coke in front of the boy. “Ma’am” I don’t have any money”. She told the boy that a customer had overheard him and bought a coke for him. The stranger had already departed the café.

At that moment there was no one to thank. So, for 50+ years he has remembered and built on the stranger’s kindness. How many lessons are in that experience?

Sharing without keeping score. Pay it forward. It was all about a bicycle ride.

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