Taxi driver

Taxi driver

A NYC Taxi driver wrote

I arrived at the address and honked the horn  After wading 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 9O’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 if 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 f 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 am in in no hurry, l am on my way to a hospice

1 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
1 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 opef ator

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,
‘Im 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

1 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 1 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,I could hardly talk, What if that
woman had gotten an angry driver,or one who was impatient to end
his shin? What if f 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 fife

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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