another feel good story

by Kristina Sloggett

in real life wisdom

I have only shared something like this one other time, with varying degrees of response. I don’t care, those who get it, get it.

Those who don’t are not reading this sentence, so they won’t know that I don’t care if this is made up, that I did not verify accuracy via snopes, that I simply want to share a heartwarming story.

I liked it, I hope you do too:

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, 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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… like my Grandpa Z always said – ‘you should always Stop and Smell the Roses…’

 

{ 60 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather @girlichef May 2, 2012 at 6:44 pm

That was so beautiful…I have tears streaming down my face (yes, I’m like that)…thank you!

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2 spabettie May 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

happy you liked it, Heather! and… I’m like that too. ;)

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3 Tammie Tornow May 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

This is a wonderful story and I also have tears pouring down!!

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4 spabettie May 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

(( hugs ))

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5 dorry May 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

laying in bed with warm tears rolling down my cheeks! I loved reading this so much that I commented from my iPhone. that’s rare! (and yes, I’m in bed. remember, it’s 3 hours later here. ;) love your heart!

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6 spabettie May 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm

ah, Sweet Dorry. I *know* that’s a big deal! sending you a big hug, my dear. I love YOUR heart! XXO

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7 Tommy May 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

AAAAWWWWW. wait, I have something in my eye, dang, BOTH eyes.

Too sweet my friend. Having grown up in NYC, I can attest there ARE people like this among us. Like you.

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8 spabettie May 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

ah, Tom, you always make me smile. and laugh ;)

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9 Nina May 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

What a lovely story. I hope it is a true account… but it really doesn’t matter if it’s fiction.
My eyes appear to be leaking.
I will try to spend the rest of the day simply ‘being’ in the moment. So much of life is a rush, what to what ends, ultimately?
Thank you for posting this story. xx

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10 spabettie May 2, 2012 at 7:26 pm

you are welcome, Nina! I agree, I hope it’s true, but that didn’t stop me from sharing, because… it’s still good, right? the hope is true. :)

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11 Maria (RealFitMama) May 2, 2012 at 7:37 pm

O.M.Goodness!!!
That had tears rolling down my cheeks (I’m a total cry baby) and smiling all at the same time. I hope it’s a true story (but, like you, don’t care if it’s not) because I am a firm believer that life is made up of many “little moments” as opposed to the random, rare “earth shattering” events.

Such a lovely thing to read before bed. Thank You!

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12 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

hi Maria!! :) yeah, it has to be true, right? in some sense, it is… there are good ones out there. :D

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13 Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty May 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

I love this and love you for sharing it thank you – it is a beautiful story!

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14 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

thank YOU – so happy you like it too. XXO

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15 meg May 2, 2012 at 8:06 pm

This is beautiful and I’m glad you shared it. So many great lessons to be learned here. Since I’ve worked with the elderly in nursing homes, I think it’s easy to forget they were once vibrant and young with life stories and adventures and experiences.

There are so many negative stories in the news and not enough touching ones. Sometimes, we forget the world doesn’t revolve around us, that we should pause and think (something only humans are capable of) before we simply react. Because I think we should be kind to everyone, not just those who make it easy (and I say this with the disclaimer that I probably don’t do it enough).

Thank you for sharing. Brings a lot of thought.

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16 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

oh, I KNOW!! we need to practice kindness to everyone, and make that extra effort towards those who are sometimes … difficult?

and our elders – I have always loved talking to them, it is fascinating to listen to someone who has been through so many decades of time. People love to talk about themselves and their experiences, when given a chance. :)

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17 Ashlae May 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

On of my friends posted this, this morning – and I cried my eyes out. Literally the sweetest story I have EVER read.

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18 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

so good, right? it must be making the rounds! ;)

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19 christina May 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

That is such an amazing story. It brought me to tears. You just never know how much your small gestures can impact someone in a great way. A great reminder to always be kind to others. Always. Thank you so so much for sharing.

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20 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:14 pm

SUCH a great reminder to be kind always, and not get annoyed by… anything! hugs to you, friend XO

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21 Lou May 2, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I get it x

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22 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

oh, good! :) I figured you would…

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23 Robin May 3, 2012 at 2:47 am

Beautiful. Thank you for sharing that!

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24 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

you are so welcome, Robin!

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25 lindsay May 3, 2012 at 3:07 am

this was beautiful… like your soul.

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26 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:01 pm

aw, thanks Linds… just like YOU too…

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27 katie May 3, 2012 at 4:29 am

I get it, I get how beautiful some people can really be. Thank you for sharing this, so beautiful <3

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28 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I KNOW you do, Katie!! you ARE one of the beautiful ones, truly! XO

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29 Heather (Where's the Beach) May 3, 2012 at 5:36 am

“But great moments often catch us unaware – beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.” I absolutely love this last line because it’s so true. It’s the little things in life and often we miss out on those looking for the big ones.

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30 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

so true, Heather! it’s the little things, right? how does that saying go – ‘life happens while we are making grand plans for it’ ? :)

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31 Cara May 3, 2012 at 6:32 am

Thank you for posting. Even if it didn’t happen, it makes me feel like the world is a better place just imagining that it did :)

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32 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

indeed… there are people out there making a difference :)

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33 Ashley F. May 3, 2012 at 6:38 am

Beautiful and much needed. Thank you!

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34 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 7:12 am

you are welcome, my friend!

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35 Heather @ Better With Veggies May 3, 2012 at 6:44 am

I’ll admit, I don’t usually read these types of stories (like the email you get forwarded), but since it’s you, I did. And thank you – this was wonderful and tugged at my heart (I’m not a cryer, so no tears). What a beautiful reminder that we need to keep our hears open and not become hard – you never know whose lives you will touch.

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36 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

I’m glad you read this one, and glad you liked it Heather! you never know…

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37 Nichole May 3, 2012 at 7:11 am

Tissue, like woah. Such a beautiful story!

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38 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 3, 2012 at 7:20 am

Thank you for sharing this! I really needed it! Hugs to you!

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39 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I needed it too, Sarena. hope you are well, my friend! XXO

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40 jobo May 3, 2012 at 7:40 am

oh my Gosh, I am so glad I read this! It brought tears to my eyes too. And I’m not usually one to read these either, but wow, so so beautiful. Thanks for making me smile on this rainy Thursday!

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41 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm

you are welcome – you make me smile daily, so… here ya go, happy to return it! XXO

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42 Natasha May 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

Thank you. I just came back from admitting Jessie to the Animal Hospital…I don’t know if I will have a dog coming home.
My heart is so heavy and I’m crying as I type this…life is so bittersweet at times, and todayI thank you for being you.

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43 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:25 pm

oh, sweetie! I am so sorry Jessie is not well… sending all kinds of healing prayers and positive vibes your way, PLEASE keep me updated. XO

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44 Haley @ Health Freak College Girl May 3, 2012 at 8:16 am

seriously so amazing! THANK YOU FOR THIS :)

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45 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

you’re welcome, dear! XO

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46 Jess May 3, 2012 at 8:49 am

Oh MAN you know how to bring tears to my eyes, my friend. That was the most beautiful story. Shared by a beautiful and kind-hearted friend. THANK YOU for this. I heart you. xoxo

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47 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

isn’t it the sweetest? love you too, girl – I’m grateful for your positive presence in my life!

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48 Melissa May 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank You! I had to keep wiping my eyes to finish reading. I would like to believe that this type of kindness happens regularly.

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49 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I hope it does too, Melissa! it DOES, right? :D

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50 Christina May 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I saw this and was literally in tears at the end! Absolutely so sweet and we should all live by this example.

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51 spabettie May 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

you and everyone else, Christina! :) you are right, we should all practice this kind of patience.

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52 Hannah-lyz May 3, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I love this so so much. Life isn’t about what possesions you have, or how much money you earn.. It’s making the most of each and every moment, and always doing for others what you’d one day like to be done for you.
In a world so full of cynicism and ignorance, this little story gives me hope :) Even if it is just fiction, the heart it came from is a good one, so that’s good enough for me! Thanks for sharing this :) We should all try to share a little bit more joy in the world ♥ x

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53 Amy @Health Hungry May 3, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I loved this story – thanks for sharing!

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54 Brandy May 4, 2012 at 11:30 am

Sitting here with tears streaming down my face. Loved that story. Thank you.

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55 Richa@HobbyandMore May 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

that is indeed a beautiful story.. i have tears running down my face too.. and hubbs is looking all puzzled..
Its so true.. in this mad race we call life, who stops to help anyone.. or even ask how they are doing. We all need just a little love, just a little patience.

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56 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) May 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

I saw this story popping up on Facebook last week — definitely makes you stop and put everything into perspective. Thanks for sharing the full version, I hadn’t read it until now!

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57 spabettie May 7, 2012 at 8:09 pm

sweet, isn’t it? :)

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58 Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I love this story. It’s so happy and sad at the same time. The smallness and greatness of a life is so touching …

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59 jane May 19, 2012 at 6:12 am

so sweet!!

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60 Bryanna May 27, 2012 at 11:34 pm

very sweet, thank you for share

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