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Coffee Fix

Once I begged for a cup of coffee. I had just two dollars and twenty cents to my name. I knew hunger was on the way in just a few hours. How much can two dollars and change buy? Not a lot especially if the stores in walking distance don’t include a dollar store. It was the middle of the summer. No holiday food charities going on. The closest place to go was McDonalds.

Walking into that place with the air redolent with a hundred different meals, I almost passed out from the thought of it. Ironically on the counter there was a plastic box with lollipops in it. Free for anyone who donated to the “Feed America” association. I considered giving up a quarter to have the quick energy but then I wouldn’t have enough for the dollar menu. My choices; a cheeseburger, fries, four chicken nuggets, a small soda.  I opted for nuggets and a burger. Was this a good meal? No, it was pure junk food; nutritional value minimal but the bun, breading on the nuggets and protein would hopefully take the empty feeling away for a little while.

Nothing to drink though and damn if I didn’t crave a cup of coffee. I watched an old man carrying a bag to the trash in his hand a hot cup that sloshed coffee right out of it. He was about to toss it when I was overcome with desperation.

            “Can I have that?” I asked. He looked up at me with his foggy eyes. He put his hand up, went to the counter, and asked for a fresh cup, free senior refill. He grabbed creamers and sugar and handed it to me. It’s on my list of one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.


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