Over the last few years, I have been on the receiving end of a few RAOK in drive through line ups - and most often it has come on a day where I have been cranky. They really do help to put a smile on your face, knowing that someone has gone out of their way to do something kind for a stranger.
The one I remember most, I was pregnant with Mr. K, Mr. J had not slept well the night before, he was cranky in the morning and I was on my way to work. I was absolutely starving, and heading into the timmies drive thru to pick up a bagel and iced tea. When I was heading into the line up, there was a car coming from another direction - I was closer, but I decided that letting them in would be a nice thing to do, and it might make me feel better. When I got up to the window, they had paid for my breakfast and thanked me for letting me go ahead - it definitely put a smile on my face, and changed the outlook I had on the day ahead.
That wasn't the first time I had been the recipient, or the last - and I paid it forward by paying for the car behind me (again, not the first time for that either).
Now that I have been couponing and price matching for awhile, I have a stockpile of coupons that are for products I won't use, and most likely won't trade either. Every now and then, I will be a "coupon fairy" on my grocery trips and leave this coupons with the product they are intended for.
Also, if I am in line and the person in front/behind me has items that are available to be price matched, I will let them use my flyer so they can get the items at a cheaper price. It's amazing how happy it makes them to know that a stranger went out of their way to help them save a little bit of money.
I have decided that I am going to try and perform RAOK weekly (I would say daily, but I am not out everyday) and I hope to get the kids involved with it to. Sometimes, it is something as little as holding the door for someone behind you, or even rushing ahead to get it for someone.
What about you - have you ever been on the receiving end of a RAOK? I would love to hear what it was, and how it made you feel.