I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite quotes, which I have on a couple of T-shirts, is: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Kindness flows in both directions, as we found out recently.
Tell someone in Atlanta that you’re going to renew your driver’s license and it elicits the same look you’d get in England when you tell someone you’re waiting for the gas man … a look of sympathy. It was time for our license renewals and in the U.S. (for my two overseas readers), you must appear in person if you are over the age of 65 to take an eye test. But, we had the best time ever at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). Seriously! Granted, it’s a sparkly new building, built in the last 10 years or so, which makes for a better environment for customers and employees. The previous one is still known as “the shack” by the DMV employees. We walked in and were greeted by an employee with a big smile; she directed us to the kiosk to get our numbers and we sat down. I didn’t even have time to get out my knitting when my number was called by desk #17, way down at one end. Cedric was called immediately afterwards, to desk #1 – as far as he could be from my desk. I completed my application. The employee was terrific, polite and efficient. When I asked if my picture was OK, she replied, “It looks like you …” which I guess is her standard answer. I then heard peals of laughter and the sounds of a party taking place at the other end of the DMV. Wow, someone is having a good time, I thought … yep, it was Cedric! When he approached desk #1, the employee looked at him and said, “I know you. You were my favorite customer at Ace Hardware more than 10 years ago. You were always so nice to me and I enjoyed serving you.” It was a family reunion. Tia even remembered our dog, Hunnie, who always accompanied Cedric. When I walked over to join them, Tia remembered me, too. The joy was infectious. Other customers and employees joined in and listened to Tia telling stories about Cedric and Hunnie. Everyone was smiling. We were in and out of the DMV in less than 25 minutes. Tia made our day and I think we made hers.
p.s. – ouch, I see it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog but I’m sure you all want to know the next installment of Cedric’s phone saga … he figured out he can use my Kindle wire to charge his phone, so the flip phone lives to see another day.