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Something to think about...

Monday, September 16, 2013

I received this via email from a friend. It may not be a true story, but it is nice to think there are still kind people out there....


The Cab Ride

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. after waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor..


After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.


By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.


There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.


'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.


She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.


She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.'


'Oh, you're such a good boy, she said. When we got in the cab, she gave
me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'


'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..


'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice. '


I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in a soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.


'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.


For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.


We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived
when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.


Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and
would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.


As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm
tired. Let's go now'.


We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.


Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were
solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.


I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.


'How much do I owe you?' She asked, reaching into her purse.


'Nothing,' I said


'You have to make a living,' she answered.


'There are other passengers,' I responded.


Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.


'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'


I squeezed her hand, and then walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life...


I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked
once, then driven away?


On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.


We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.


But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.


You won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you send this to ten people. But, you might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate by sending it on and reminding us that often it is the random acts of kindness that most benefit all of us.
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-ICANDOIT- 9/27/2013 2:50PM

    I am crying! That was beautiful! Thanks, Nancy. I love this and will share it for sure!XO

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-GOT2FINISH- 9/18/2013 11:04PM

    Wonderful story full of kindness -
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ROBYNROSE26 9/17/2013 3:39PM

    Thanks for Sharing

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INSPIREBYNATURE 9/17/2013 12:14PM

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/17/2013 10:29AM

    It is a nice story.

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SMALLERMELORIE 9/17/2013 8:15AM

    Thank you for sharing.

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LINDAKAY228 9/17/2013 8:07AM

    I've read this before but it is such a beautiful story and such a reminder about how much difference a small gesture we make in someone's life might make. Those are the moments when we are truly an "angel" in someone's life. Thanks for sharing.

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MISSROCKABILLY 9/17/2013 7:57AM

    That was a lovely story to read this morning. Thank you for sharing it.

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ALICIA214 9/17/2013 1:19AM

 

I love that piece I have read it before and it is always nice to be reminded that there are a lot of great people in the world in spite of all the doom and gloom we hear and read about Thank the Good Lord.

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ATHLETELORI 9/16/2013 11:21PM

    This is a great reminder on how small acts of kindness can really have a big impact. Thanks for sharing.

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