Something Sweet.

I’d dropped the car off at a chain repair place for some maintenance and told them I’d wait the few hours. Then I went to the McDonald’s next door because of course there was a McDonald’s next door—it was one of those bland shopping clusters you’ll find just about everywhere. 
I ordered one of their frozen coffee beverages. 
“The machine’s broken,” the woman at the register told me, because of course it was. Ice cream machines at every McDonald’s everywhere are broken. Then she said, “but I’ll make up something sweet for you.”
A few minutes later she’d made up a tall concoction of coffee, cream, and caramel syrup and only charged me for a small regular coffee drink.
I went for a walk, amused by the contrast of the bland shopping area and the standardization of everything and my custom coffee drink. 
Then I saw the base of a street lamp decorated with what looked like a lotus design. Or maybe it was just a flower. Either way someone had added a little individual flair to something that was dull and standard. 
They didn’t do it for me—I’m not sure they had anyone In mind since it’s not a place where people walk normally—but I appreciated that someone had done something sweet.

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  1. msgracefulnot

    I’m not the only one who believes the ice cream machines are always broken!!!!!! If you don’t already know, taco bell has the worst straws. Never try to open it by bouncing it off your leg!!! Confirmed in at least 6 different states 😉

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Oh, you don’t just believe the ice cream machines are always broken. There’s actual proof the ice cream machines are always broken at a certain fast food place, and it’s even inspired jokes and memes.
      And I appreciate the tip about Taco Bell straws. I’ll never get another straw from them again. Well, maybe one more so I can say “This is the last straw!”

  2. Allison

    I love it when good things happen out of the blue. I hate it when the ice cream is broken. Life is about balance.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      There’s a yin to every yang if we just look for it. Of course I’ve always been a glass-half-full sort of optimist, except when the glass is actually full.


    Happy National Ice Cream Day, Chris! I hope you find unbroken sweetness, as you bring that to us.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m two days late but then it’s never too late for ice cream. Thank you for this sweet comment.


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