The official blog of Susan Landis-Steward, writer of whatever she likes, and co-founder of Puddletown Publishing Group

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The Gas Station Guy

Okay, so I had to get gas. Cash is tight, until I get paid, so I did the “fill it with $10” thing at the Chevron station just up the road. Since we live in the back of beyond, that station is the only game in town. If there was a town. So they can treat us as they will, and they can charge us as much as they want. But for some reason, it’s one of the cheapest gas stations around. The people in the convenience store are friendly, the prices about the same as any convenience store.

I pulled in, handed the guy my credit card, and thought that was that. But this guy, a young guy, maybe mid-20s, started talking to me while the meter ticked off its $10 worth. It was cold. It was pouring down rain. And this guy was happy. He told me he is always happy. He’s been pumping gas for a year, and he loves his job. He told me that he figured out early on that one unhappy customer took away seven potential customers. He said he wants to make everybody’s day a good day so that they’ll keep coming back and so that they’ll carry that happiness into their days. As I drove off, he yelled, “Have a wonderful day.” And I did.

You meet amazingly wise people in the weirdest places.

Things I Learned Today:

  • It’s so easy to make someone’s day.
  • My new project keeps having serendipitous occurrences. I think that means something. More later.
  • Boston ferns like benign neglect, just like Christmas cacti.
  • Haggen’s has mint jelly even if Trader Joe’s doesn’t.
  • The new project has a name. Finally. Wow! It’s been a whole week and a half without one. More later.
  • People who are not in my writer’s group like my books. Amazing. I feel like Sally Field at the Oscars.
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