Kindness: the largest thing in the smallest moments


By Austin Kohne, Reporter

I work at the Tower Ave. Subway, and we do not usually get too busy. When we do it is pretty much only for an hour. I enjoy my job there and I do not think it is a bad job whatsoever, but I don’t really plan on being there for a whole lot longer. But I have to tell you, some of the people I have met at my job makes me want to stay.

Not only coworkers but some of the people I see on a daily basis that order food. More often than not, I see this older couple that come in at around 6 p.m.

I have their order memorized like it was my own sandwich recipe.

It is always a steak and cheese sub on whole wheat bread, toasted. They only get one footlong so they can share the meal. Another thing worth mentioning is that they would always be laughing with each other and the older man would always ask what his wife what she wanted before he ordered.

Even though it was the same thing every time.

The vegetables were simple: spinach, lettuce, tomato, green pepper and mayo. They always ask for two chocolate chip cookies to go with their sandwich. They would pay and say, “thank you.” Not much, but in his voice you can hear him being truly genuine, and he seemed like he legitimately liked the final product.

The woman then leaves a dollar as a tip every time.

I always tell her that there is really no need and that she can keep it, but she never fails to say, “silly, you think you have a choice,” and leaves it on the counter anyways. Then we just laugh as we go our separate ways.

I think that if there is one thing that I have learned just from this one couple is to be compassionate, loving and generous. Not only to someone you want to spend your life with, but even with a stranger serving your food, who may remember you forever, without you even knowing who they were.