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Written by a NYC taxi driver...

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  1. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler Zone Supporter

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    This story made my day......and worth the read.


    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.
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  2. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Well I am now teared up ....... thank you for posting this, I hope its true and my faith in mankind is restored for a little while.
  3. Joe Rod

    Joe Rod When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong

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    Fantastic find, thank you for sharing.
  4. Faerluna

    Faerluna I'm Complicated

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    I read this story awhile ago, and every time, onions.

    Because stories like this are often attributed to urban legend, I wanted to include this:

  5. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    wow!!

    great read

    thanx for sharing
  6. Rynie

    Rynie Benched

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    *something in my eye. I have a similar story, but it won't do this thread justice. Great read!!
  7. notherbob

    notherbob Active Member

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    Excellent short story, well written and thought-provoking regardless of its origin or history. Interesting touch of irony that the taxi driver was working the graveyard shift.
  8. StanleySpadowski

    StanleySpadowski Active Member

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    I'm confused as to why he said early in the story that she'd be his last ride of the shift then later talked about not picking up any more passengers and riding around aimlessly.

    While attempting to touch the soul, it's an incredibly poorly written story.
  9. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    CCF, is that you?
  10. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Although I imagine everyone is touched by the story...what he says is correct.

    On a side note...maybe the lady in texas should hire this guy to drive for her so she does not get arrested for being an impolite old lady with no respect.:D
  11. arglebargle

    arglebargle Well-Known Member

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  12. CoCo

    CoCo Well-Known Member

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    These above three segments together are tough to reconcile.

    Whether this story is true or not I suspect there are others like it which are true. A good read, and good reminder in any case.
  13. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    This is just a made up story by a cab driver to tell his wife why he was so late getting home from work.

    The fare was really a hot young girl that he spent the time with in the back seat.

    :laugh2:

    The wife didn't believe it either.
  14. NorthTexan95

    NorthTexan95 Active Member

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    Thanks for sharing.

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