On November 01, every year Canadians take down the Halloween decorations and replace them with Christmas decorations, thus marking the beginning of the Holiday Season. On the first Sunday of November (which falls on November 06 this year) the clocks are turned one hour back at 2 AM for Daylight Saving Time (DST.)
For the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Canada, the month of November is well known for its cold and gloomy weather, but this year it is warm – more like the middle of September. The daytime temperatures have been in the 20s – a record high. Normally November temperatures remain in single digits.
The warm November weekend prompted us to take a long drive through the outskirts of our city Mississauga on November 05, 2022, Saturday. After enjoying the beauty of the fall colours, at the end of our drive we reached a Tim Horton’s Coffee Shop Drive-Through. There was a long queue of cars on the Drive-Through with customers waiting to pick up their morning cup of coffee. For Canadians, especially on a warm weekend, a cup of coffee from Tim Horton’s is inescapable.
As we inched forward, we saw a lady in a car approaching the Drive-Through from the opposite direction. The three cars ahead of us did not permit her to get into the queue. As I approached her car, I stopped and waved at her asking her to join the queue. She got into the queue, and we followed her in the Drive-Through to the ordering station.
Tim Hortons Inc, commonly referred to by Canadians as Tim’s or Timmies, is a Canadian multinational fast food restaurant chain. They serve coffee, doughnuts, and other fast-food items. In 1964, Tim Horton, a National Hockey League legend, opened his first store in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Today, it is Canada’s largest quick-service restaurant chain, with over 5000 restaurants in 15 countries.
Double Double, a Canadian classic coffee brewed at all Tim Hortons restaurants is coffee with two shots of cream and two shots of sugar. It gives the right creaminess and sweetness to the coffee and is the most common coffee ordered at the Tim Hortons. The two magic words ‘Double-Double,’ from being a vernacular expression, is now part of the regular vocabulary and included in the Canadian Oxford dictionary.
We ordered two cups of coffee and pulled up to the window where an Associate was waiting with the coffee we ordered. He handed me the two cups of coffee and as I flashed my credit card to pay, he said “The customer before you has paid for your order.”
A bit surprised and bewildered, I asked “But why? Tim Horton’s only provides free coffee on the Remembrance Day – November 11 – to Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces Members.”
“This is the Remembrance Week. May be that you are a Veteran and she wanted to show her appreciation,” justified the Associate who did not know what had transpired.
Marina opined “Could be. Our car has a Veteran Plate.”
I couldn’t help but reflect. “One stranger showed a bit of kindness to another and the other showed her appreciation in return“. Small things in life sometimes give you loads of happiness.