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May 2, 2012, 07:31 AM
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Lebabanon,New hampshire
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A NYC Taxi driver wrote:

I arrived at the address and honked the horn. After waiting a few minutes I honked again. Since this was going to be my last ride of my shift I thought about just driving away, but instead I put the car in park and walked up 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.

May 2, 2012, 07:42 AM
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Sulphur Louisiana
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Thanks for sharing!!
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May 2, 2012, 07:45 AM
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Lebabanon,New hampshire
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Your welcome hun....this made me tear up so sad.
May 2, 2012, 07:45 AM
i live in ky[olive hill ky]
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i learned something yesterday there are people who still has a heart and god bless this driver foe taking time out for this little old lady and letting him take a trip down memory lane he has heart and god bless each and everyone who does have a kind cause one day they will get award for that and all tne good we do on earth love melinda
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May 2, 2012, 09:52 AM
New hampshire
Default Re: What a NY taxi driver wrote..... made me cry.such an amazing taxi driver..and the old lady.. I feel so bad she's got nobody.thanks for sharing.really made me realize how much I take life for granted.and to live everday like your last.thank you Nancy.
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May 2, 2012, 10:12 AM
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that made me cry, there are so many impatient people and she needed kindness, I know she love and our Savior in his actions. Our Pastor always asks "can they see Jesus in you?" I pray they can from my actions, God bless, tammy
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May 2, 2012, 10:13 AM
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I have read this before and if always makes me tear up, Thanks for sharing
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May 2, 2012, 09:08 PM
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Lebabanon,New hampshire
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Made me tear up too

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