I crave adventure , I crave familiarity I don't however crave the contempt of some of the human condition , never overly opinionated am I . Now that's not to say I didn't partake of some Black Friday deals but sensible buying was my mantra.
Human kindness for me this week was a suspended coffee, not a coffee that is somehow suspended but a charitable act. I went to my regular haunt when in town , my regular haunt is the cathedral tea rooms where often I'm the youngest by decades , none of this matters.
I ordered a jacket potato and a cup of tea , the jacket was my first meal in a week through illness , I felt rough as houses but my illness is nothing comforted to the suffering of some. I bet you are wondering still want a suspended coffee is ?
There was a shabbily dressed man sitting at one of the tables , doing no one any harm , before I realised what I was doing I hid my phone . Moe shame me ! How dare I presume ! The waitress came over to him and asked
" Would you like another suspended coffee?"
The chap shook his head and just quietly sat.
I was gripped.
Finishing up, I went to the till and brought my son a flapjack to take home and asked
" What is a suspended coffee please ?"
The young waitress answered me
"When people come in for a coffee for themselves, they also pay for one or more for someone who can't afford one. Perhaps they're living rough or on the streets, or just very poor. There are more and more these days with the cuts. Someone in that situation is welcome to come in and ask if there are any suspended coffees available, and if there are, they can have one"
The price of the suspended coffee was £1
I brought one.
That was a lesson I was happy to learn.
Of course they can have tea if they don't like coffee .