My pleasure

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Chick-fil-A restaurants are scattered throughout the United States. Because Chick-fil-A is based in Georgia, I consider myself fortunate to have many locations around me. My family and I eat at Chick-fil-A at least once a month. Every time we place an order with one of the restaurant employees, the employees respond with a “my pleasure.” If you thank any of the Chick-fil-A employees, their response will always be a “my pleasure.”

Charlie has a friend at school named, Sammy. Sammy’s Mom and I chat on the playground, while the boys play and we wait for the other kids to get out of school. Sammy’s Mom is an incredibly friendly and giving person. Oftentimes, she’ll bring treats for the kids. When the kids respond with a “thank you”, Sammy’s Mom returns with an “it was my pleasure.”

Sammy’s Mom doesn’t just share her “it was my pleasure” response with the kids. She has spoken those words to me on several occasions, as well as others I’ve heard her interact with at school.

I find myself filled with delight and joy whenever I hear someone respond to me with the words ‘my pleasure’. Funny how a word that implies a sense of delight or joy has the power to leave another person with a sense of delight or joy.

When I ask something of someone and I receive a response of ‘my pleasure’ I smile, I feel special, and I find the pleasant feeling I have lingers to the point that I want to pay it forward.

The Chick-fil-A employees are trained to say “my pleasure”, and never have I heard someone utter the sentiment in a way that did not sound genuine. I assume the employees have bad days, but I wonder if their training helps them to keep things in perspective, allowing them to put kindness first. Gracious, what a concept.

Several weeks ago (March 18th), MJ gave my blog and I a nod. She listed my blog among her favorites, and she passed the Sunshine Award to me. Though I’ve never met MJ face to face, I am certain if we were face to face and I said to her, “Thank you for the nod”, she would respond with, “My pleasure.”

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Earlier this week, Just Ramblin left a comment for me saying, “I have been enjoying your blog and seeing your photo captures of the moments you choose to share. Reading your posts and sharing in your adventures has been rewarding for me and I believe you deserve the Creative Capture Blogging Award.” I thanked Just Ramblin within the comments, and JR responded with “It is nice to say thanks to someone …” To me, JR was saying, “My pleasure.”

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I appreciate the kindness consistently shown by the Chick-fil-A employees, and I appreciate the kindness shown by Sammy’s Mom. I appreciate and enjoy the feeling I have when I hear someone say “my pleasure”.

 One more thing…

Wednesday of this week, 18 other bloggers and I took part in an event of biblical proportions chocolate and peanut butter goodness: Living Better through Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The idea came about through Peg-O-Leg, who rallied and organized the troops.

Within the comments under my Reese’s post, K8, Peg and I had the following dialogue:


I saw an opportunity to eat ice cream experiment with goodness, so I grabbed hold of the suggestion and ran with it.

The ingredients: vanilla ice cream, Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Ice cream, peanut butter cookies and peanut butter cups 

The process: chopped, blended, scooped and topped

The results:

 A trifecta of goodness.

Trust me when I say, completing the experiment was my pleasure. In fact, I am left with such a pleasant feeling that I will do what I can to pay it forward. It would be my pleasure to know I made someone feel a sense of delight or joy.

A special note to Peg: “Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Better Living posts. Participating was my pleasure.”

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41 thoughts on “My pleasure

  1. This post was a pleasure to read.

    There’s an ice cream place in our area called Maggie Moo’s, which I liken to a place on Martha’s Vineyard called Mad Martha’s, where they’ll chop those things for you and mix it in with the ice cream. Wow….now I’m hungry.

    • Thank you for reading it, Hippie. I am glad you enjoyed it.
      Though I lived in DC for two years I somehow missed Maggie Moo’s. Thankfully, I am very familiar with Mad Martha’s. My Aunt and Uncle live on the Vineyard during the Summer, and I’ve enjoyed quite a bit of ice cream at MM when visiting. Mmmm, mmmm, good!

  2. You can show your thanks by sending that sundae by express delivery. Now. Stat. I want it.

    It was a lot of fun, Lenore, and definitely MY pleasure to have you on our Reese’s train!

    • The cherry on top, Peg, was the Nutter Butters. I don’t know the last time I bought a package of Nutter Butters. Cookies are typically not found in our home, but I had to take one for the team – the blogging team – and create this ice cream masterpiece. Well, the package was opened for the ‘creation’, and I think we have four Nutter Butters left. Seriously – I’m a chocolate lover, but Nutter Butters are AWESOME!

  3. I am so hungry….so very, very hungry right now and I see this…Thanks a lot!!!

    And thanks for all the hard work you do (researching and development) for your loyal, grateful readers.

    • We had family movie tonight, Karyn. We watched “James and the Giant Peach”. Our special treat during the movie was this concoction. We were partial to the Nutter Butter with the ice cream, because too many Reese’s make it too rich. Let me know how you like it when your son makes it – if he makes it.

  4. 🙂 You are so awesome Lenore. Awesomesauce at its finest. And it was my pleasure to share that with you.

    Actually, I just remembered last night we pulled into Von’s right after an elderly woman; we saw her walking towards the front of the parking lot towards the store. When we left the store I noticed her wandering around the lot, clearly looking for her car, and she was nowhere near where she was when we pulled in. I jumped out of the car and asked if I could help her. She had apparently rented a care because hers was in the shop and she couldn’t remember where she parked it. I explained that I thought she was in the wrong area, asked her to describe it to me and brought her right to her car, that had been parked right next to ours. I kept my hand on her arm the whole time and waited until she got into her car before I left. When we found her car she thanked me profusely and I responded with, “It was my pleasure.”

    • What an awesome story, Kim! Good for you! I think it is way cool that you told the woman ‘it was my pleasure’, too. Way to do a random act of kindness. Your kindness is one of the many reasons why we’re friends, though the fact that you let me stalk you is reason #1.

    • Be advised… using too many Reese’s does make this concoction a little too sweet and rich. One cup is sufficient. Now regarding the ice cream and Nutter Butters…. pile. it. on!

  5. I must have the memo still buried in my email. Wish I’d gotten to play. 😦
    Now, it is my pleasure to ask you to PLEASE STOP with the ice cream/cookie/candy temptations, at least until the 23rd. Thank you very much. 😉

  6. Hi,
    I agree, it is always nice to get such a lovely response,
    That ice-cream and cookies looks delicious, I just may have to give that a go, and try it for myself. 😀

  7. I’ve never been to a Chick-fil-A, not sure if they have much for vegetarians anyway, but I knew someone who worked there as a cow. I’m sure she was polite too, but all she told me was that the suits were hot. 🙂

    That icecream looks delicious. I live near a Coldstone Creamery that blends toppings like that, but it would probably save money and be just as delicious to do that at home.

    • Just so you know, Nicole, Chick-fil-A has a nice carrot raisin salad, which one of my sister’s loves. They also have excellent salads, waffle fries and shakes (assuming you’ll eat dairy).
      I imagine your friend was quite hot in the cow suit, especially if she lives in the south. Wow. That would be tough work.
      Thank you for visiting!

    • The brownies are scrumptious, Oma. You have good taste, my friend.
      Thank you for going to such great lengths on behalf of the Special Olympics. I would have enjoyed seeing you live on top of a CFA.
      Not only do you have good taste, you are a good man. Thank you.

  8. Jackie Cangro

    What I wouldn’t give for a sack of Chick Fil A waffle fries right now. Or that ice cream concoction. That was sheer brilliance Lenore.

    • Chick-fil-A has fantastic waffle fries, Jackie. I take it CFA is not available in NYC? Want me to send you some? Then again, Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies may ship more easily. (smile)

      • Jackie Cangro

        No Chick Fil A’s for miles. 😦

        I remember that if you ask for extra pickles on your sandwich, they would yell to the back, “Pickle Pack!” And then you’d get a whole sack of sliced pickles.

        I also loved the ads with the cow. Eat mor chikn!

  9. A loyal follower from the other side of the world I am upset that we don’t have Chick-fil-A restaurants here nor do we have Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies or Reese’s Peanut Butter cups but we do have ice cream. I am sending you a tub of our Hokey Pokey Icecream to try. I am sure you will love it. I think it is only available in the Antipodes so here’s a recipe. Enjoy!

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