I can not even begin to tell you how happy and relieved I am right now. So yesterday evening my mom emails me saying that the cab driver has my wallet and wants to return it to me! Apparently he had found it underneath the seat when he had gone to wash his car and found the phone and called a bunch of numbers before seeing one labeled "mom" and calling her.
(thank god for skype) I called him yesterday and then we scheduled a time and he drove all the way here this morning to give it to me. I gave him quite a big reward (basically all the cash that was in wallet) which he was not hesitant to take, but to me, the money was the Least of my concerns. And apparently, with cab drivers in my city, this happens a lot when peoples' phones are left. I mean, obviously, some people will steal them, but as a cab driver I had yesterday said "I don't want anything that isn't mine." And as he said this morning when I was just telling him how much this meant to me, "I have children. I have to teach them honesty." All he asked was that I send an email to the cab commission saying what he'd done for me. Something I am more than happy to do.
When I found out... I had already canceled all my cards and gotten a new school ID, suspended my phone and ordered a new one. I made a list that had everything in my wallet on it, trying to figure out what was replaceable...It was the irreplaceable things that were the most upsetting... but I kept it together. But when I found out... I just cried. I just broke down and sobbed from being scared and stressed and from the relief.
I just am so grateful that there really are such good people out there, and that they would be so kind to a stranger.
Thank you everyone here for all of your support yesterday- it really meant a lot to me. Nothing like this had happened to me before, and it was just very difficult. I also thank you for all of your kind thoughts and words of hope and encouragement. I am a true believer that positivity like that can make a change, and maybe it helped him bring it back to me :)