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    Random Acts of Kindness

    CLARIFICATION TO THIS STORY: THIS IS A RE-POST OF A MESSAGE SENT TO ME BY AN AUNT AND I WAS SHARING THE MESSAGE. NOT MY ACTUAL EXPERIENCE. PERSONALLY, I JUST FEEL WE EXPERIENCE SO MUCH NEGATIVE WITH THE DIAGNOSIS' WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH EACH DAY,I TRY TO POST POSITIVE THINGS I FIND. AS I POSTED BELOW, I'M A NURSE WHO WORKED LOT WITH THE ELDERLY AND RELATED TO HOW THE CAB DRIVER FELT. MY APOLOGIES TO ANYONE WHO I MAY HAVE UNINTENTIONALLY MISLEAD.

    The Cab Ride

    I arrived at the address and honked the horn, after waiting a few minutes I walked 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 as 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.

    PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.

    You won't get any big surprise in 10 days if you fail to share this with ten people. But, you might help make the world a little kinder and more compassionate place by passing it on to remind us all that often it is the random acts of kindness that most benefit all of us.
    Last edited by Patty41; 01-28-2011 at 08:37 PM.

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    Geez Patty, that was so cool. Thanks for posting that. It's a nice reminder.

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    Patty I read this and it is so heartfelt .
    You obviously have a golden heart Girl and I cant get the thought of how you explained about the door shut . It was the sound of a closing to a life .
    It is one of the most deepest phrases i've ever heard anybody use


    Your compassion to respect her really makes you one of a kind
    So beautifull

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    WOW thats a deep story. Also, it was VERY nice of you. Im sure she was Grateful and probably wont forget it as she seemed to still have, least some, of her memory intact.
    You deserve a pat on the back. Actually you deserve to win the lottery of some sort. Thats what happened to her for getting you as her final cabby.
    Nicely Done!
    B
    Has it been five years yet? ..........

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    You brought a tear to my eye Patty...it was a moving story. It makes you wander just how moments like this one can change your whole being. I assume you were the cab driver? Nice job...I am sure the Lady will remember you when she becomes an angel.

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    Sorry, this is a nice story, and the moral is a good one.
    But the story has been circulating on the net for quite a while (Google the net for any phrase in the story), with no indication that it ever actually happened.

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    Ohh no no--not my personal story. I apologize and need to make clarification--this is a story that was sent to my email and I shared it. My bad--I thought the part at the end about sharing it with others would indicated that, but I should have listed as a repost. Just thought it was a nice story to share. I'm a nurse who has worked geriatrics a good bit in my career and could relate to the cab driver's story
    Last edited by Patty41; 01-28-2011 at 08:44 PM.

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    It made most of feel like we should be as kind, understanding, and selfless...I hope.
    "What has happened, has happened; What I am going through, I shall rise above; And what will come, I will meet with courage"~Hazrat Inayat Kahn

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    Rtborf--you're absolutely correct and as I posted above--I didn't intend for it at all to come off as my story. Just being a nurse--I related and shared the posting and that's why I had left the bit on the end about sharing w/ ten people, as is often seen in emails. My way of spreading a kind message for the day. My sincere apologies!!

    Quote Originally Posted by rfbdorf View Post
    Sorry, this is a nice story, and the moral is a good one.
    But the story has been circulating on the net for quite a while (Google the net for any phrase in the story), with no indication that it ever actually happened.

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    Hey Judy--I'm sorry. I clarified above. This is not my story--It's an email that I gotten and wanted to repost the message.

    Quote Originally Posted by GL View Post
    Patty I read this and it is so heartfelt .


    You obviously have a golden heart Girl and I cant get the thought of how you explained about the door shut . It was the sound of a closing to a life .
    It is one of the most deepest phrases i've ever heard anybody use


    Your compassion to respect her really makes you one of a kind
    So beautifull

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