“Man, I’m thirsty,” I thought to myself as I navigated the parking lot. I looked at the clock on my dashboard and noticed it was an hour later than I thought it should be. Of course, I knew the risk. Hobby Lobby is like a time vacuum. I go in, and when I come back out, all the hours are sucked away. No wonder I was thirsty. But, I had several more stops to make, so I displayed incredible self-control and decided against stopping at Kum and Go for an icy drink.
I began thinking through songs trying to decide which one would be playing during this scene if my life was a movie. As one does.
Suddenly, I was snapped out of my daydream by the Chick-Fil-A sign. Perfect! It would only slow me down a few seconds to get an iced tea in the drive-through. I pulled up to the window still fumbling through my wallet because I knew I had exact change if only I could grab it, and the drive-through girl handed me their largest cup filled with tea, just as I had ordered.
“It’s on us today,” she said, cheerfully, as I took the tea in one hand and counted out nickels and dimes with my other hand.
“Okay,” I said, distractedly, balancing the tea precariously on my knee. After finally gathering the correct amount, I shoved my fist full of dollars and change at her.
“It’s on us,” drive-through girl repeated, backing away.
“What?” I asked, confused.
Drive-through girl smiled.
“OH!” I shouted. “I don’t have to pay?”
“Have a good day,” she said, smiling. “Your drink is on us!”
“Oh my word! Thank you!” I laughed as I drove forward.
I threw the dollars and change into the cavern of my purse – a problem for future me – and felt giddy as I took a long drink of the icy free tea.
Free tea is the quenchiest.