WELCOME to THURSDAY DECEMBER 2, 2021
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 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. The power of human friendliness and compassion cannot be overstated; all of us respond to it and all of us appreciate it when shown by another.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Have a GREAT THURSDAY people,
stay safe, and whatever you do, don’t forget to laff it up! Peace, I am outta here! Eucman! 😁
q u o t e s o f t h e d a y
“A new poll revealed that 44 percent of Americans think Santa is a Democrat and 28 percent
believe he is a Republican. And the other 28 percent said to please stop bothering me
with stupid questions.” -Jimmy Kimmel
“Pringles has launched several new potato chip flavors including turkey, stuffing, mashed potato,
green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. Or as single dads call it, ‘Thanksgiving!'” -Seth Meyers
“There is a new website that allows parents to rent toys instead of buying them for Christmas.
The website is perfect for parents who aren’t sure that they love their child.” -Conan O’Brien
Guaranteed to Roll Your Eyes
A young college girl came running in tears to her father. “Dad, you gave me some terrible financial advice!” she cried.
“I did? What did I tell you?” said the dad.
“You told me to put my money in that big bank, and now that big bank is in trouble.”
“What are you talking about? That’s one of the largest banks in the world,” he said. “Surely there must be some mistake.”
“I don’t think so,” she sniffed. “They just returned one of my checks with a note saying, ‘Insufficient Funds’.” 😳
Wednesdays’ Movie Trivia of the day! What movie is this quote from??? “
“I remember reading about this in herbology.”
Answer: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone!
Hermione Granger says this to Harry and Ron in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She says it because they were stuck by Devil’s Snare. So she tries to think of a spell that works for that. That movie is about a guy named Harry realizing that he is a wizard and going to a school called Hogwarts.
Thursday’s Movie Trivia of the day! What movie is this quote from???
“Because I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!”
Wednesday’s Quizzler is….
Unscramble the words below, then take the letters from each word as instructed to form another word that is the answer to this teaser:
DOD Take letter 1
ONRUM Take letters 1,2 & 5
CROSITH Take letters 1,2 & 3
ERVNE Take letters 1,2
Unscramble the letters you collected… what do you get?
Answer: DOD Take letter 1 – ODD, take O
ONRUM Take letters 1,2 & 5 – MOURN, take M,O,N
CROSITH Take letters 1,2 & 3 – OSTRICH, take OST
ERVNE Take letters 1,2 – NEVER, take N,E
Unscramble the above to get ‘Moonstone’.
Thursday’s Quizzler is…….
What does this represent?
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