Even though it was December 14, it was teeming rain at 5:30p.m. on the western edge of downtown Toronto. I stood huddled with others in the bus shelter as the rain continued to increase in intensity. There should have been many buses or streetcars arriving but alas as often happens on rainy nights, there was a problem and the imminent arrival of a bus or streetcar was a pipe dream at least in the short term.
I was off to my weekly Monday night Mah Jongg game and as transporter of the game had to be at King and Bay in the heart of downtown Toronto by 6 p.m. As I continued to wait and wonder what to do, I saw a man open the door and get into a taxi. I asked very loudly: “I have no taxi fare, would you be so kind as to take me with you?” He told me that he was going to Union Station and would be happy to have me share his ride at no cost to me.
As we sat in the warm taxi, he shared his name and that it was his last day working as the Executive Assistant to the owner of White Pine Studios and that he was not only on his way to Union Station but also to a brilliant and exciting future in Vancouver or elsewhere and that his dream was to produce and write screenplays.
As I repeatedly thanked him for his kindness and generosity, he merely responded by saying that it was the right thing to do in the spirit of the season. Even the taxi driver said that he would have given me a ride whether or not I could pay him as he honestly stated that it is not only about money but also about kindness and generosity.
I believe that what you give to someone else comes back to you tenfold. To the kind and generous person who shared his taxi with me, I wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas, a healthy, happy, abundant, accomplished, brave, brilliant, productive, prosperous, successful, sensational 2016. You deserve the very best.
A Big Thank You for ending my Hanukah in a memorable and miraculous way!