I've just arrived in Virginia for our regional this weekend, and I had such a delightful experience, I wanted to share it with you.
First, you have to know that in true Shelli style, I got about 15 minutes of rest--not sleep--last night. I always plan on being more prepared and getting to bed earlier the night before I leave out of town, but almost always, I don't get my act quite together, and I end up pulling an all-nighter.
Last night was no exception. I finished my project and my packing and everything, crawled in bed long enough to get warm, and then headed off to the airport this morning quite early. I did get a couple of cat naps on the plane, but not enough to wake me up much, and I landed in Norfolk this evening pretty exhausted.
And then I met Jerry. He was my cab driver, and can I tell you that from the get-go, I knew he was special--he's the friendliest person I've met in a long time! He greeted me like we were best friends, coming right up to me, giving me the biggest smile, and grabbing my luggage. He asked a few questions, including when I was returning. When he found out I was leaving the hotel at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning to catch an early-morning return flight home, he got on the phone and found a cab driver friend to pick me up because he couldn't do it himself.
We chatted for a few minutes, and then we sat in comfortable silence, listening to the quiet gospel music he had playing (the top-10 countdown on Star 94.1, by the way) until we got to the hotel.
And being comfortable in a cab isn't usually the case for me. I don't typically enjoy cab rides--you're in a strange city, dependent on a strange person to get you somewhere you've likely never been before. There's just nothing about it that's very comfortable! But Jerry put me at ease, and I enjoyed my time with him immensely. It didn't take any extra time (he was driving me anyway), but his smile, genuine concern, and real effort to serve and help made such a difference!
I don't know if his day was any better after he'd met me, but I can tell you my day was certainly better! The brief moments I spent with him refreshed me like a long nap never could.