When trying to think of how to word my Tim’s story, I had a hard time simply starting. Not because I wanted to think of a monumental story, but that Tim’s really have been in my life at all different points.
From just getting my license and heading into the city with a best friend to hang out and have an all nighter heart to heart. To needing a boost in university and running across the street for our 5 minute break. To working up north on the oilrigs and seeing the Timmy trailer in the distance and rerouting my day to include an x-large 2 milks. To seeing my dad cry for the first time in front of the family while gathering at Tim’s after seeing my grandma in the hospital. And of course, when Mom and Dad put their baby girl on the plane to head off to the big city, giving me a card saying how proud they were of me and a Tim Horton’s gift card so I wouldn’t starve.
I can confidently say that I have an extreme love for coffee. Especially when there is a coffee shop on every corner now in days. But when Timmy’s opened across the street from work, I was very excited. I think not only that I love the coffee, but also that it was familiar. The instant calm and inviting feeling; the lack of having to be a “certain” cliental. Everyone from kids to construction workers to suits, all standing in line. My Tim’s was to continue to be in the important moments of my life.
I’m not sure if it is that I am from a small town, but when roll up the rim came around I was very excited! So excited I started a tally with my coworkers to show them that you can win on Roll Up. At first I didn’t think that many people would want to participate and it would just be the people sitting immediately around me. But within a couple days, the whole floor was in. The only rule, you have to show all winning and losing cups. Each winner received a star and a label of what was won and each loser was taped up.
In the end, the tally stood up to the Horton’s claim, exactly 1 in 6 won some sort or prize from coffee to gift cards. But the best thing that came out of it was a lot of people that I was not friends with then am now very good friends. Every morning it gave us a chance to talk and hangout around the tally sheet. It gave us the opportunity to bond and not just smile as we walk by each other in the hallway.
With the holidays coming up and being so far away from my family, it is really nice that I can now say I have made a new second family here in the big city. And Timmy’s help with that…