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We Never Know Where We Will Find Joy

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 4, 2019 20:54

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Every week or so I take a trip to my doctor's office. It's on the opposite side of Las Vegas. I am driven there by strangers who drive for a company that supplies transportation for patients.

Today I went to see my doctor, and the people who took me there and brought me home this afternoon left me with enthusiasm and provided the opportunity I needed to look back on my life and vicariously enjoy my past as I shared it with them.

In all honesty, it is not my health that is the primary reason for wanting to take these rides that are free of charge and paid for by my insurance company. What inspires my desire to see the doctor every week is twofold: Naturally, it is my health that concerns me. However, it has become the amazing conversations I have enjoyed with the drivers.

Today was a primary example of such an experience. The attractive woman who drove me to the doctor's office remembered having been a nurse some years back, and knowing my doctor. She shared her background and her secret desire to go back into nursing, something she loved much more than driving. However, finances required that she drive, and so she selected taking patients from their homes to be cared for by their physicians. After spending about three quarters of an hour in Las Vegas traffic, we pulled up to my doctor's office and I couldn't resist hugging her for the joy she had given me during the time spent with her.  

My trip home was another surprise. The driver was a man from Israel, where I had been fortunate to have visited approximately fifty years ago. The memories of Jerusalem and the beautiful skies came back to me like lovely gifts, and I shared my experience in his country with a smile on my face, enjoying moments that had been lost in memory for a very long time. 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on June 4, 2019 20:54

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