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        I just read this on Facebook and felt I ought to share.

        A sweet lesson on patience.

        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.


        Definitely food for thought.

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        Beautiful beautiful story..............
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        That's an awesome story. No one else would've picked her up because he was meant to. They had a lasting affect on each and that's what fate is about. Very cool story.
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        That was a great story, I enjoyed it very much. Some people are able to understand that small things in life are important and that they make life worth living. The taxi driver did a great favor for this woman but also for himself, too.
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        Very beautiful blue... tears are running down my cheeks I was so touched by it. Thank you.

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        This is such a beautiful story, amazing! Surely gave me the goose bumps and I will definitely be thinking about it for a while.
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        Thanks Johan, Froggy, Markotik, Katt and Johnny.  It is a beautiful story and really does make you think about the important things in life. 

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        A truely beautiful story!I think that cab driver was meant for her.They are usually in such a hurry since the more fares the better for them.He understood that it was her last ride and spent the time to allow her to have that one last gift.

        A big thank you to the beautiful woman who shared this with us too!!
        I think it was something we all needed to read.:)
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        ohhhhhhhh what a great find :'(
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        I just knew this was gonna give me goose bumps when i started to read it and i didn't get too far when that is exactly what happened! I LOVE stories like this especially coming from a Taxi driver who has a reputation for being very impatient particularly in major cities.

        It is one of life's lessons we could all learn from.

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