Never a truer word spoken. Not necessarily words I expected to hear spoken by a New York Cabbie on the way from Manhattan to JFK at the end of a wonderful 3 night break with my OH.
But I didn’t know then that out of all the thousands of yellow cabs in NYC, we had been lucky enough to hail ‘Happy Cabbie NYC’. This hilarious taxi driver made our last journey out of this fantastically fun city a much more pleasurable one than all the taxi rides over the previous few days. No sullen looks, no tutting at the unsatisfactory (and yet perfectly generous) tips. Just a surreal hour of relationship advice – “I was once the King and I met my Queen. Now I have 3 Princes and 1 Princess. My Queen is still Queen but I am a happy slave. Keep your Queen happy and you will have a good life”, (good advice!) interwoven with random Skype calls to his sister in the UK where we were asked to wave at his phone!
Just to add to the hilarity there was a bit of a disco with flashing lights thrown in for good measure. ‘I love this song but I have no idea what they are saying!” he said as he turned up the volume and continued with the hair-raising, fast and furious ride out of the city, avoiding the tolls and the busy freeway. Making us laugh by telling us we couldn’t appreciate his driving enough because we’d left plenty of time to get to the airport. In his opinion only those in a hurry could truly appreciate how fast he drives. I would tend to agree!
The most interesting thing though about this journey was that his words, spoken to so many passengers before, and slightly bonkers in their delivery, have stayed with me. And I am trying, much harder than I have done for some time, to be more patient with my beautiful boys. To not let the stresses of daily life cause tension and unnecessary arguments and cross words between us. I don’t know how long this will last, but I am hoping that my meeting with Happy Cabbie NYC will ensure that I really do have a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious life.
You can see a clip (not taken by me) of this legend here.
and there are many many more!!
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