Shit. I should’ve brought water for medicine.
I rushed out of the room and down the stairs, heading out of the library. I fumbled with my bag, trying to get my wallet out while walking, after I noticed I only had a little bit of time before my next class. Damnit….why did I do this today?
Walking into the bookstore, I took into my surroundings and shyly walked around a young man in order to see where the bottled water was. After grabbing a bottle, I waited to the side and noticed a lady was waiting next to me already. I let her proceed first, fidgeting with the bottle as I got nervous about being late for the discussion. The cashier looked at me and probably saw how nervous I was. A young girl soon replaced the lady who was standing next to me and went before me – even thought it was clear that I had been there first.
When I went up to the cashier, he smiled and we went through the motions.
“Is this all?”
“Yes, thank you.”
“That will be….”
I pulled out the cash and handed it to him, still uncomfortably restless.
“How do you think you did on the test?” He suddenly asked.
“What? What test?” I looked up at him surprised.
Maybe he thought it was slightly amusing how I reacted and asked, “Aren’t you in my —- class?”
“Oh yeah!” I said, probably too loudly, “Yeah, I think I did okay. What about you?”
The conversation continued briefly, distracting me from how close my next class was. It gave me the short amount of time I needed to let my body relax a bit. I felt weight come off my shoulders and smiled.
I walked out of the bookstore feeling a lot better. This young man, who I had never spoke to before, took initiative and talked to me. He also calmed me and…made my day, whether he knew it or not.
-Cheers, to the little things, to the young man who brought a smile on my face on a very stressful day.