In line at the red dot and circle shop.
I get to the cashier. She’s visibly frustrated.
Only 1 register is open and there is a line building up behind me.
She shouts to some unseen person across the floor, “Why am I the only one open!?”
I answer with a calm confidence, but loud enough for others to hear, “Because you’re awesome.” I smile, “You got this.”
She smiles back and says, “Thank you.”
She continued to wear that smile as I walked out of the store.
But also just a slightly brighter shade of red.