M is a candidate for a national academic honor. (I’m going to be vague about the specifics for the sake of anonymity.) For the final step in the selection process, he had to fill out a really lengthy application, and he also had to mail in a bunch of paperwork from his school. Between snow days and school vacation, he got the paperwork only a few days before the deadline, so we went down to the UPS store to mail it express.
We talked through the shipping options, M signed off on the paperwork, I paid for it, and M took the receipt with the tracking number. And on the way out of the store, M took one more thing: a free Tootsie Roll from the bucket on the counter.
Because he may be nearly 6′ tall and an academic whiz, but part of him is still a little kid who wants his free candy.