Cab Driver Takes Dying Elderly Woman For A Ride And Her Story Leaves Him Speechless

A cab driver’s inspirational story is a breath of fresh air in a world full of selfish and money-minded people.

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It was just another fare, but it turned out to be something more powerful and significant than it seemed. The passenger was an elderly lady in his cab who was most likely taking her last drive ever. The cab driver felt his life was enriched after the 2-hour ride ended.

Cab drivers are extremely busy throughout the day, picking up clients. This one was no exception, completely exhausted by the time he reached his last ride. He pulled up to the house and honked, but when nobody came out after a while, he went up to the door and rang the doorbell.

The elderly passenger

An old lady answered and said she was coming to the door, then he heard sounds of shuffling feet and something being dragged to the door. The door was finally opened, and the house looked as though no one had lived there in years, and as if it belonged to another era.

It was barely furnished, and all the furniture was covered in sheets. The house seemed as though she would not be returning to it. The old woman asked the cab driver to carry her suitcase, and after he’d done that, he even helped her walk. When she thanked him, he said, “It’s nothing. I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother to be treated.”

After she got in, the cab driver got antsy to get to where she wanted to, the woman asked if he would be willing to drive downtown. He replied saying it wasn’t the fastest route which meant it would be expensive, she said something that touched him profusely, “Oh, I don’t mind,’ she said. ‘I’m in no hurry. I’m on my way to a hospice.”

A memorable ride

He realized it was her last drive and he saw her fighting back the tears in the rearview mirror. “’I don’t have any family left and the doctor says I don’t have very long.” He was taken aback by that statement and he quietly reached over and shut off the meter.

He asked her, “What route would you like me to take?” and for the next two hours, they drove through the city. She showed him various phases of her life as he would pull up in front of a building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. Then they slowed down in front of a particular building, that held memories for her. They sat, staring at the buildings, and he watched her eyes light up as she looked at them.

They drove through the neighborhood where she had been welcomed as a new bride. Then, she reminisced in front of what was once a ballroom, now a furniture warehouse, where she had danced as a teenage girl. After some hours, she declared, “I’m tired. Let’s go now.” They drove silently to the hospice house where two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as they pulled up.

An important lesson

She opened her purse, rummaging for cash when she asked him, “How much do I owe you?” He said, “Nothing.” To which she said, “You have to make a living,” she answered. “There are other passengers,” he kindly stated. He bent to give her a hug when she responded, “You gave an old woman a little moment of joy.”

This ride transformed the cab driver to think how different it would have been for the old woman had he driven off or ignored her call. Would she have got an angry cab driver or a narrow-minded one? Life isn’t made up of big moments, but rather, it’s the little everyday moments that we should enjoy.


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