I nearly ran in the door and past the counter. Grinning at him as I passed. When I came back out he was still standing in the same place. At his station. Ready to serve.
Him: how are you today? (Big Smile)
Me: I’m doing great, how about you? (Big Smile)
Him: I’m doing awesome. Thanks.
Me: You’re welcome
Him: I LIKE YOU!
Me: Why, I like you too!
Him: I like you being so positive.
Me: Well, it’s the best way to be isn’t it?
Him: (Serious face) I wasn’t like this until my father died. After he died it got me to thinking. And I rethought a lot of things. I changed a lot. After he died.
Me: What a great way to pay tribute to your father.
Him: He was an amazing man. I loved him.
Me: You’ve given him an incredible gift. What an honor.
All of this before I ordered my ice cream.
And no one, not a single person in line behind me, sighed, looked impatient, or left for another line.