FatherSir taught me about timing and things. You're going to want to be able to have the right things on hand, or get them, so that when someone notices that they need or want something, and they don't have it to hand, you can produce what they wanted, or didn't know they wanted.
It's a combination of foresight, empathy, and timing.
This morning, I was able to come through for my roommate.
It was one of those things that you just can't predict. She made a crack to marxdarx
along the standard "You learn well, grasshopper!" lines. I made a crack at her, asking if she was comparing him to the dessert that involves mint and perhaps chocolate that is called a grasshopper. This, of course, set her up with a powerful chocolate/mint craving, and grumpiness that there was nothing to hand to calm it down.
I'd had the foresight. Tucked away in the secret parts of my room: girl scout cookies. Thin Mints. I know she likes them -- I know the whole household likes them. I'd gotten extra, and put some aside for those moments when a Thin Mint or two is just the thing to make the whole world just that much better.
I got tacklehugged. The cookies got cradled and called "precioussssssssss". We did not get between her and the cookies.
Hee. I love it when I can do this sort of thing.