Time and the Taxi Man by
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Many years ago on the last day of our Jamaican honeymoon the hotelkeeper called a taxi to take us from Ocho Rios to Montego Bay for our flight home.

When the driver picked us up he worried aloud that we hadn’t left enough time for the 100 kilometer trip,  and as we left the hotel he began to speed.

Sure enough,  we were soon pulled over by a policeman.

”Please mon,  you got to let us go.”  our driver told him.  “Time,  she is against these two people.”

The officer did let us go and we made our flight,  but all these years later we still remember the wise words of our Jamaican taxi man.

So seize the day my friends.  Time,  she is against us all!

–  Dana Susan Lehrman 

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This retired librarian loves big city bustle and cozy country weekends, friends and family, good books and theatre, movies and jazz, travel, tennis, Yankee baseball, and writing about life as she sees it on her blog World Thru Brown Eyes!

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  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Good one, Dana. As they say, ” seize the day”.

  2. Khati Hendry says:

    Great story—and good outcome, as the policemen bought it. And the memory and message has never dimmed. The picture is beautiful.

  3. Dave Ventre says:

    Fun story, and it takes me back. I spent a bit under five months on St. Croix back in 1978. When I flew home, my parents met me at JFK and one of the first things they noticed was that I had acquired the habit of ending sentences with “mon.”

    I think the West Indian accents are among the loveliest on Earth.

  4. Marian says:

    Glad you made the flight, Dana, that taxi driver was wise.

  5. Suzy says:

    Love this story, Dana! I can just hear the driver’s profound words in my head. And how fitting that John is in Jamaica this week – too bad he probably won’t read the story til he gets home.

    Fabulous picture of you and Danny too!

  6. Laurie Levy says:

    What a perfect story, Dana. Yes, time is against all of us at this point in our lives. Love the photo!

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