Account describes a cab driver taking an elderly woman to a hospice on the last ride of her life. See Example( s )
Collected via e-mail, January 2012
This piece about a cab driver’s giving an elderly woman a ride to a hospice has been reprinted in a number of books and widely circulated on the Internet since 1999, typically without attribution and under varying titles such as “The Cab Ride,” “The Cab Driver,” and “The Taxi Driver.” It was penned by author
In 2008, Kent Nerburn posted an entry on his blog in response to the Internet-prompted popularity of this item:
A website out of the U.K. has recently posted the now well-traveled story of my experience as a cab driver, when I picked up an old woman who was on her way to a hospice. It has reached number one on a number of websites as a result.
I am thrilled when my ordinary life offers up an extraordinary moment that brings some solace or insight or enjoyment to others, and such has been the good fortune of that moment in the late 1980’s when I was driving the “dog shift” in Minneapolis, Minnesota. What is noteworthy about that moment, beyond it’s poignancy, is that I did not create it; I merely experienced it and let it unfold.
Life gives us all such moments — I call them “Blue Moments” — where a brilliant light shines through the ordinary moments in our ordinary days. They come unsolicited and unannounced, and provide us the gift of significance and, if we are lucky, the opportunity to serve.
What it is important is to remember that these ARE gifts, and that we cannot receive them if we are not open to them. We need to listen closely, watch closely, and take care not to rush past or through them when they arrive. They are the fabric of our lives, and they will weave themselves with complexity and beauty if we give them time to do so.
Given the only witness to the events Nerburn described in his tale is unidentified and long dead, whether this account describes a real-life incident cannot be independently verified.