For Mother’s Day 2023 I bought my wife pine straw, lots and lots of pine straw to spruce up the beds all around our home.
Then I bought her two pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage.
Then I bought her a Coach handbag.
Then I bought her a Home Depot University ball cap.
The ball cap gave her pause to say what a cool looking cap that she will be able to wear.
The pine straw? I found that the way to say Happy Mother’s Day is through freshly laid pine straw beds.
The Louis luggage and Coach handbag?
Barely registered on the things that mean the most.
What’s the application here?
It’s the little things.
Case in point.
Earlier today, I ended up at the restaurant in the complex where I work at the same time one of the company’s higher ranking Directors was also ordering breakfast.
She, she being Michelle, was excited about ordering a croissant just like the one she had eaten the day before.
I learned that the croissant Michelle was so excited about was not purchased but rather given to her in a hallway by. a long serving member of the food staff, Jakir, a native of Bangladesh, one of the most giving individuals I have ever met.
She could not quit talking about it and had to have another one. It was warm and it was fresh.
On Michelle’s behalf, I inquired with the kitchen staff if they were serving croissants that day, of which they were not.
Disappointed, Michelle ordered something else, but, here’s the value of the little things.
An hour later I saw Jakir and shared with him how excited Michelle was about the croissant he had given her the day before. That it was warm and it was fresh.
Jakir began to beam with the biggest smile.
He said with a very heavy dialect, “The reason it was warm and fresh is that I gave her mine.”
He gave her his own croissant and never had the chance to eat it and he could not quit smiling knowing that he had made her day.
Pine straw…ball caps…croissants…it really is the little things that bring the greatest value.