Pay it Forward

doughnutsA few months ago I accompanied my mom to an appointment. While I waited for her, I decided to explore the surrounding area. It was morning and I was hungry, so I elected to find myself some treats. The choices came down to a Chinese food place and a doughnut shop.

I chose the latter.

Upon going inside my face was hit with a glorious waft of sugar and coffee. Having selected my pastries and ordered a cup of joe, I went to the register to pay. However, it was then that I realized I’d forgotten my wallet at home.

I apologized to the cashier, saying that I had to cancel my order, but then someone intervened. A woman with dark curly hair and a pleasant face ahead of me offered to pay for my food and my coffee.

Naturally, I was in shock. She didn’t know me. People didn’t usually work this way. But there she was, a kind woman named Ever Lee who insisted she’d buy me my breakfast.

It was a wonderful gesture of kindness to experience. Since all I had on me was my laptop (always the writer, I carry it with me just about everywhere), I offered to give her a shout out in the second book in my series—Crisanta Knight: The Severance Game—which is set to be released on December 6, 2016. And all she asked from me in return was that I pay it forward and continue to pass along the kindness.

To sum up, it was a delightful human moment, and we should always try to pay it forward.