I pulled up in the Starbucks drive-thru and got my usual Iced Venti Passion Tea (no syrup.)
And a lemon loaf. I had a craving.
He told me my total and confirmed the order.
Then I hear a female voice say, “We’re out of lemon loaf.”
“The lemon loaf is gone,” he tells me.
I worked as a barista in my Twenties. I remember that this icy confection usually sold out in the morning. It pairs especially well with Sumatra blend– I gave a presentation on it when I was hired. It was part of my interview– choosing a pastry and a coffee blend to recommend to customers. My future boss was impressed with my initiative.
I was bummed. About to pull forward. And then she corrects herself, “I found it!”
The man in the drive-thru smiles– he looks young. Probably early 20’s.
“There’s a secret lemon loaf,” he tells me.
He hands me my drink. And then the lemon loaf.
“My secret lemon loaf,” I joke. He laughs.
I drive on.
And I learned a valuable lesson.
Always ask for what you want. Especially when it’s not an obvious possibility.
There just might be a secret lemon loaf at the right moment, for you.