“Happy Friday!” He called out to passersby. “Have a great day!” Rain dripped from his ball cap to his shoulders. He held out a free local news-and-views paper to commuters rushing between trains and buses. They mostly ignored him.
“Jay!” He turned and smiled in recognition. “Where have you been?”
“I wasn’t gone that long,” he replied, surprised.
“Well, we noticed you were gone.” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.
“I went on vacation!” On minimum wage? Maybe he’s an eccentric millionaire. Maybe he had a Groupon for a local tourist trap.
“Glad you’re back, Jay.” He put a paper in my outstretched hand, which I never read. I continued down the sidewalk and smiled.
“Have a wonderful day! Happy Friday!”
Bring the love to what you do. It makes all the difference.