Life is always been full of surprises and lessons. There are many moments of our life that we can’t forget, they become part of us as memory. A cab driver in his life as a driver meets a lot of people in a single day. Some riders are polite, some weird, some tensed, some happy. Each ride is like a new life happening in the same body. Here we found a story of a cab driver that is emotional and inspiring. Let hear it.
Kent Nerburn was a cab driver when he was struggling for his living. He wanted no boss that time and want to enjoy the thrill of life. He described that part of his life as “We were like strangers on a train, the passengers and I, hurtling through the night, revealing intimacies we would never have dreamed of sharing during the brighter light of day. I encountered people whose lives amazed me, ennobled me, made me laugh and made me weep.”
The ride we are going to talk about here, he taught it would be the same night but it was a whole new and emotional experience. It was a late night ride call around 2:00 AM in the morning. He was called to a quiet part of the town. He thought it might be some drunken rider or partier or someone taking off early to somewhere. Just like a normal night ride.
As he reached there it was quite but giving respect to the peace of night he didn’t honk. He got out of the cab walk to the door and rang the bell. An old lady responded to the bell and dragging the heavy suitcase. She was in her 80s. The whole house packed like it is been closed for years and furniture was covered in sheets. He took the bag and dropped it in the trunk. She grabbed his arm walked toward the cab. Then the journey began toward Hospice where she was going. She asked him to go through the Downtown that was a long route as he told but she insisted and told that she is not in hurry.
She told him that there is no one left in her family and her eyes got wet also recently her doc told her that she doesn’t have much time. These lines struck him in the chest. This emotional situation led him to close the ride and he took the ride on him without telling her, as a gesture of humanity and love. While going through downtown she showed him the building where she used to work then she told him where she and her husband used to live. She shared her all life moment she lived while living in the city during that cab ride.
As they reached to the Hospice there were 2 orderlies were ready there to assist her in all way they can. As cab stopped there they helped her out gave her a wheelchair. Then she asked him how much the ride cost and he gently replied: “It’s nothing”. She insisted by saying, “You have to make a living.” Then by replying here with “There are other passengers,” he gave her a hug, shook her hand start riding back.
He explained this farewell as, “Behind me, I could hear the door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life.” He got lost in the thought and did not take any ride that night. It was a lot for one day. Earning a blessing from a mother like a polite lady. He wrote, “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? What if I had been in a foul mood and had refused to engage the woman in conversation? How many other moments like that had I missed or failed to grasp?”
Just amazing, how life revolves around you and how it evolves us. How one good decision can give you a thousand moments to remember or bad one can take away all those moments from you. Try to be nice to your rider whether they follow you or not polite, humanity and humble nature can survive through anything. Have a great ride!!