The cab driver came to pick up his passenger in the dead of the night. An elderly woman stood outside the building with a suitcase. He smiled at her, put the luggage into the car and opened the door of the vehicle for her to sit. As he started the car, he asked her where she wanted to go…After giving him the address she asked whether he could drive her through the downtown before reaching her destination.
“It’ll be longer,” he said. The woman smiled and said, “I don’t mind, I’m going to the hospice tonight.” The cab driver looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening as she explained, “I don’t have any family left. The doctor says I don’t have very long.”
He quietly reached over and shut off the meter. They drove for two hours, with the woman showing the cab driver various buildings where she grew up, where she worked, where she met her husband.
As the sun started rising, they stopped outside the hospice where two nurses greeted them. The cab driver carried her suitcase as they seated in a wheelchair to be taken in.
“How much do I owe you?” she asked. The cab driver said, “Nothing at all.”
“You have to make a living,” she answered. “Oh, there are other passengers,” he responded.
Almost without thinking, he bent and gave her a hug. She held onto him tightly. Their hug ended with her remark, “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy….Thank you.”
We never get to know the stories of the people we meet. A little kindness and love is all that is needed to make a difference in the world. Amy Leigh Mercree says, “Kindness can transform someone’s dark moment with a blaze of light. You’ll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.”