In the bakery the man in front of me is very very old and by the way he acts and talks, pretty much out of it. He asks the woman behind the counter for two krapfen (jelly donuts).
She says, “We’re sold out of krapfen.”
He frowns, thinks about that a long few moments and then says “Okay, then I’ll have two krapfen please.”
The woman smiles sweetly and without missing a beat says, “We don’t have any more krapfen today, but our topfen golatsch (cheese danish) are just out of the oven and really delicious. I think you should try them.”
More silence, more thinking by the old man. “But I want krapfen.”
The other customers waiting are now starting to get impatient. Lots of movement and fussing around us.
The woman behind the counter says enthusiastically, “I’m telling you, even if we still had some krapfen, I’d recommend you buy the golatsch.”
She lowers her voice as if telling him a secret, “I think they taste much better today. The krapfen were really dry.”
He nods slowly and resigned to his second choice says “Okay. I’ll have two then.”
I look at the woman and there’s no relief in her expression, no “Phew — I’m glad he’s out of the way.”
Her expression only says, “Good. I’m glad he’s satisfied.”
There are (small) angels, even in bakeries…
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