I came across this story while I was visiting various sites on the web. I think it’s lovely and deserves to be shared.
The author is anonymous…..
Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, jobs, military service and where they had spent family holidays.
Every afternoon when the man 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 out of the window.
The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world could be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and colour of the world outside.
The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every colour of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city could be seen in the distance.
As the man by the window described all this in exquisite detail, the man 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 parade passing by. Although the other man couldn’t hear the band he could see it in his mind’s eye as the man by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
One morning the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to remove the body.
As soon as it seemed appropriate the other man 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 a look at the world outside. Finally he would have the joy of seeing it all for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out of the window.
It faced a blank wall!
The man asked the nurse what would have compelled his deceased roommate to describe such wonderful things outside the window.
The nurse responded, “he was blind and could not even see the wall”.
She said,”perhaps he just wanted to encourage you”.