Inspiring Story

lovely lake - a lovely lake with swans
Philippines
January 10, 2008 9:38pm CST
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 lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. 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 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 overlookd a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children saild their model 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 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 gentleman 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 take the body away. 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 his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall. The man 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. She said, "Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you."
3 responses
@diillu (5130)
11 Jan 08
One of the nicest story ever heard. I really like this story.
1 person likes this
• Philippines
11 Jan 08
thank you diillu. have a nice day.
@asgtswife04 (2482)
• United States
11 Jan 08
Wow, that was such a heart warming story. it was absolutely wonderful and just goes to prove that there are people out there that care more about the person that they don't even know then they do themselves. thanks for sharing this story. it truly touched my heart. God bless
1 person likes this
• Philippines
11 Jan 08
thank you so much asgtswife04. God bless too
• United States
11 Jan 08
What a wonderful story. To think that the whole time they were together in the room the one never knew that he was blind. Sometimes people can be so wonderful. It gives one faith that not all are to get you.
• Philippines
11 Jan 08
hello graedragon. thanks for your response. by the way, i'm dragonfly. are we related? :)