Cabbies – people who make our lives more convenient but whom are barely noticed and rarely appreciated. When brought up in conversation, it’s usually to complain vs. compliment. But have I got a story to share.
Last week after a KassiesCloset team meeting over great gumbo and free hurricanes (newbie bartender requesting feedback), we grabbed a cab back to my house and in my haste and waste, I left my iPhone in the cab. Within 5 minutes I was on the iCloud tracking it down, watching my phone scurry about the city like a little mouse chasing cheese. Matt and my husband jumped in the car and proceeded to track it down. But by the time they arrived to the signal, the taxi couldn’t be found and the phone was lost in a sea of apartment buildings. The signal soon after died, as did my hopes of having my phone returned.
The next day I purchased a new one to the tune of $800. As novel as it was getting to know Siri, I missed my old one. Most meaningfully, I missed ratty old cover with a sticker picture of my daughter on the back.
Yesterday, 6 days after my absentmindedness, I ran out my door and down the street, late as usual to meet my husband for dinner. A cab was on the street waving at me given the perceived hurry I was in. I waved him off, determined to be city chic and take the Metro. He rolled down his window and asked me for a favor. Something in the back of my mind clicked. As I walked closer, I recognized the man whose face was behind the wheel. He then proceeded to pull out my phone and asked if I happened to recognize the picture of the little girl on the back cover. Unable to catch my breath in a total state of shock, he proceeded to explain that the phone had died and he had been coming every evening after his shifted ended to see if he could find the owner of the phone. In tears, I nearly dragged him out of his running car to thank, hug, praise, and honor him.
While I gave him all the money in my pocket ($76) and I prayed that his generosity returned tenfold, it’s simply not enough. It will never be enough. People like this are few and far between. He didn’t just return an object with a $200+ street market value, for days he spent his free time trying to track down its owner. How do I properly thank this person who gave me more than just my phone. He gave me a renewed appreciation for strangers and their infinite capacity for good. I guess I can just hope that I will have the opportunity to surprise and change someone’s life as he did mine. Pay it forward, backwards, and every which way in-between.