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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

A DMV Welcome – by Saman Driver by way of her daughter, Sahar

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

“I was at the DMV and I met this older Iranian man who was waiting for someone to pick him up. He asked me where I was from and I said Iran and we started speaking. He said, ‘I just passed my driver’s test!’ and he was very happy. So we were talking and he said, now all I have to do is wait for someone in my family to take off work and then come down here so that I can use the car and take my driving test. So I said, here. She waves her hand in the air like she’s dangling keys. Take my keys. He couldn’t believe it. ‘Really?’ he said? ‘Just like that?’ Just like that. I said. Why do you have to wait for your son to take off work and drive you here again when I am here? Take my keys.

A few years later, I was in an Iranian Society meeting and he saw me and he got up and grabbed me and kissed me and hugged me. Who are you? I asked. ‘You don’t remember me?’ he replied. I didn’t remember him. ‘You gave me your keys and I passed my driving test those many years ago and now I’m a taxi driver and I have my own taxi!’

There were a lot of stories like that.”


Welcome to our Welcoming Stories

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

Many have amazing stories to share. We hope to  bring together these small acts of kindness, big-hearted moments and  simple but life-changing connections and offer them back to you.

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