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 The Cab  Ride

 

 So  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 1940s 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, any 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, and 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 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. '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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OH! YES and remember this my friend's.
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Kind of sad, life is short make the best of it.

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I think I am going to barf.
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Originally posted by Ick Ick wrote:

I think I am going to barf.

Roll on Floor Laughing
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I liked it. 
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Very nice, Chris
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Obviously not a New York Cab.
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

Obviously not a New York Cab.



Rough crowd today!!!   Evil Laugh out Load



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She was lucky not only for the respectful driver that arrived but that she even got one that spoke English.
 
Very nice thanks Chris.
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