Gave me a feel. I know this has probably been seen on here before, but it still gives me a feel.. Great moments often catch us wrapped in what others may consid
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Gave me a feel

I know this has probably been seen on here before, but it still gives me a feel.

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Great moments often catch us
wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
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
driving away, but instead I put the car in park and
walked up to the door and knocked.. 'dust a minute',
answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something
being dragged across the .
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in
her W' 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
box telled 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
She kept thanking me for my kindness. nothing', I
told her.. 'l 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?’
not the shortest way,' I answered quickly..
Oh, I don' t mind,' she said. Tm in no hurry. Pm on my
way to a hospice.
I looked in the mirror. Her eyes were
glistening. 'l 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 ofa
particular building or corner and would sit staring into
the darkness, saying nothing.
As the turst hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she
suddenly said, Tm 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. 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, l
could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an
angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his
shift? What ifl had refused to take the run, or had
honked once, then driven away?
cm 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
wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
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Submitted: 06/12/2012
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#2 - anonymous (06/12/2012) [+] (1 reply)
******* repost
#1 - anonymous (06/12/2012) [-]
I don't want to die
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