A Sweet Lesson on Patience

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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.


Great story, hey?

10 comments:

Cassandra Henri :

Tears! Tears all down my face after reading this one. Beautiful story thanks for sharing. Its a great reminder about the importance of patience and what a little of it can mean to someone else.

Kristina :

Me too...I have tears running down my face right now. That's a beautiful story. We all should be patient with the people around us and probably with ourselves too. In this always hectic world that we live in, patience is not something that is seen frequently. Let's hope this story reminds many of us to be more patient.

Anna H :

That just made me cry. There really is nothing more important than the way we treat other people. Just what I needed to read this morning.

Nicholl Vincent :

A pool of tears over here.. what a great reminder. Thank you!

Simply Splendid LOVE :

Holly cow! That was incredible Sheila! How do you find these amazing stories??? Hahahha. This was so sweet and the true testament that having patience can make all the difference. I love the part where he says that "great moments often catch us unaware." Beautiful story. Happy Friday!

Anna @ IHOD :

Gives me chills. So good to remember that we should give attention and patience to each person in our paths. God works like this.
:)

Liesl :

I just got goose bumps reading this, how touching and sweet! These are the types of things in life that I just love and think make life worthwhile! Love, love love this!!! Think I need to pass this link on I my blog and I'll refer to your lovely blog too! :) Thank you for sharing this! <3

fourleaves92 :

This was such a great story! I couldn't keep it to myself! I posted a link to it on my blog! :)

http://fourleaves92.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/pay-it-forward/

Kristin :

Wow. Just wow. I can't even talk (or type). Wow.

sewnsusan :

Thank you for this post and what a wonderful reminder that lifes most important moments are in the small things we do for each other just because.

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