Window Of The Life
Two guys, both seriously get sick,they stay at the same hospital room. One guy was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help discharge the liquid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.Guys talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their memories in the army, where they had been on holiday.
Every afternoon when the guy in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.
The window sees a park with a beautiful lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their little boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As the guy by the window described all this in sensitive detail, guy on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon the man by the window described a procession passing by.
Although the other guy couldn’t hear the band, he could see it.In his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with figurative words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning, the day nurse reached to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the guy by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was felt bad and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
As soon as it seemed suitable,the other guy asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.
Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside.
He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed.
It faced a meaningless wall. He could not believe his own eyes. Guy asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.
The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.
The nurse said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage and make happy you.”