Six years ago, Ontario writer Genevieve Georget was getting her morning coffee at her local cafe when her barista chatted her up. Their exchange resulted in a heartfelt short essay by Georget that's getting her a lot of attention.
While taking Georget's order, her barista asked her what she was up to that day. Her barista's response to her answer affected her in a deeply profound way. Read a partial excerpt from Georget's post below:
"As it turns out, I was en route to the airport at that moment ... about to catch a flight to Italy with my husband. After a brief minute of chatting, the barista handed me my coffee and wished me a nice trip. “But then again”, she said “why wouldn’t you ... your life is golden!”
I’ll admit ... the gold star was nice. But at the same time, the words knocked the wind out of me. She wasn’t being rude. She wasn’t being sarcastic. In fact, she was being totally genuine. And that’s the part that really took my breath away.
Because here’s the thing...
This lovely girl saw me for all of five minutes a day. Usually all dressed up on the way to my full-time job at one of the country’s most prestigious art galleries. Or with my camera in hand to photograph two people in love. Or, yes, on my way to Italy for ten days to celebrate my anniversary. This is what she saw. Therefore, this is what she knew.
And truth be told, there is darkness in this kind of knowledge. Especially now, when so many of our connections happen only five minutes at a time ... fully filtered and perfectly hash tagged. In our defense though, it’s not entirely our fault. That battle we’re fighting ... those rough days were having…they don’t tend to translate very well when you have twenty people in line behind you for coffee or a hundred and forty characters to spell out your day.
Honestly, what was I going to tell my barista?
“Yes, we’re flying to Europe. I just miscarried our baby ... we had a terrifying health scare ... I’m suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder ... and we’re feeling pretty far from God right now. So, yeah, going to Italy seemed as good a place as any to just run away from our life and justifiably eat gelato twelve times a day."
Since recounting her story, Georget's post has gone viral, garnering more than 225,000 likes and more than 100,000 shares.
"Scars tell stories. Scars mean survival. Scars mean you showed up for the fight instead of running from it," she continues later in the post. "We’ve all got them ... even the sweet girl serving my coffee. She’s fighting her own battle ... defending her own front line ... struggling in her own way."
Read the full post below.