A few months ago, I was in a chat conversation with a colleague from support. I had helped her with a question, and then she closed off with the message that I should take a break because I worked so hard, and maybe have a snack. I thought that was a sweet thing to say. So we started chatting about snacks, which should not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me. We both like sweets (her favourite is tiramisu).
When my team started to have a fixed day at the office, I sometimes would bake sweets for them. The first day I brought apple pie from apples we had picked ourselves. I also made macarons, green tea cookies, and most recently chocolate sprits. But her team is scheduled for another day, so we never had any overlap. Which meant that when I brought sweets to the office, I couldn’t give her any.
But we devised a plan: I would do some of it in a container, put her name on it, and put it in the fridge at the reception. Officially, that fridge is for soft drinks to serve as refreshments to waiting visitors, not for stuff employees bring in. But when I asked the receptionist, they always let me put my little box with cookies in the fridge. So that turned into our ‘cookie dead drop’. I’d take pictures of what I had made and send them to her through chat. Then, when she was next in the office (a few days later), she would retrieve the container. All of my baking was well received!
The building with the fridge is now being renovated, so we don’t have our cookie exchange space anymore. But for last Friday we arranged to both be at the office: for her it’s her team day, and I had a meeting in the afternoon that I preferred to do face-to-face anyway.
Prior to this, we didn’t even do as much as a video chat. We communicated exclusively through text chat and anime GIFs (she likes anime as well). So we met for the first time then. I had brought chocolate sprits with me, especially for her and her team. It was a bit weird to meet, but she eagerly accepted the cookies and started distributing them. Her colleagues asked me a bit suspicious what the occasion was.
Rather than tell the whole story, I just said that Support was, of course, my favourite department! I’m not sure they believed me, but they did enjoy the cookies. Which is exactly the point!