As noted in a previous post I'm a smoker.
Along with that fact I also want to confess that it gives me great pleasure to bring a smile to a child's face. There's just something liberating about it. Children seem to like me, apparently due to my being a smoker.
At least once a week a child will approach me at work, when I'm out on a smoke break trying to mind my own business, and away from people. I don't hang out with people when I'm smoking. I don't "chit chat."
But children are bold, and hopeful.
Invariably one will approach me and with the utmost respect ask me, "Sir, could you possibly spare a cigarette?"
I give them my brightest smile, and reply, "Why I sure could."
Their eyes light up and a smile spreads quickly, and widely, across their faces. As we stand there, me then ignoring the kid, and them staring at me in confusion I then smile a bit myself.
Usually a minute has to pass before the child realizes something is amiss though. They then ask when they're going to receive this promised fire stick. When informed that they're not going to get one their confusion deepens. They all state the same thing, "But you said I could have one."
Their confusion then heads completely south as I point out the error in this by replying, "Uh no, you asked if I could spare a cigarette. I can always spare a cigarette because I'm always abundantly stocked. Having the ability to spare one doesn't translate into actually giving one away, especially to children."
This ends anywhere from the kid slinking off muttering, or a mouthy little shit getting pissed and me telling him to get lost.
But the initial joy brought into their lives is priceless.