A Known Quantity
I am a creature of habit:
glide through the Starbucks drive-thru before 7.
Baristas see me coming through their sign's tiny video camera out back.
She's here now; one extra-hot, extra-spicy chai tea latte coming up.
My drink's special spice ratio balanced by coffee house metrics ---
five pumps for tall, seven pumps for grande.
This morning, tall.
At the swing and shut window,
a grande is proffered magically by Rochelle,
the weekday morning barista.
"I ordered a tall and this is a grande.
Can I pay you the difference?"
In typical Starbucks corporate generosity,
Rochelle replies, "No...
but, since this drink is bigger,
let me add more chai syrup to it
so it's just how you like it."
Generosity, kindness, comfort, and joy.
Surprise, and delight.