Jake and Ben, both seriously ill, occupied hospital room.Jake, whose bed was next to the room's only window, was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help dra... 阅读全文
Jake and Ben, both seriously ill, occupied hospital room.Jake, whose bed was next to the room's only window, was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. But Ben had to spend all day and night lying flat on his bed. To kill time the two men began to talk. They talked for hours about their wives, families, their homes, their jobs, their involvenment in the military service, and where they had been on vacation. As days went by, a deep friendship began to develop between them.
Every afternoon when Jake could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to Benall the things he could see outside the window. And Ben began 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 overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailedtheir modle boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amid flower of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees beautified the land scape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.
As Jake described all this in exquisite detail, Ben would close his eyes and imagine the picturesques.
One warm afternoon Jake described a parade passing by. Although Ben couldn't hear the band-he couldsee it in his mind's eye as Jake 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 Jake, whohad died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.
Ben was heartborken. Life without Jake was eveb more unbearable. How he longed to hear Jake's voice and his melodious descripitions of the outside world!As he looked at the window, and idea suddenly occurred to him.Perhaps he could see for himself what it was like outside. As soon as it seemed approprite, Ben 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 world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself! He strained to slowly turn to lookout the window beside the bed. It faced a blank wall!
"What could have compelled my roommate to describe such wonderful things outside this windows?"Ben asked the nurse when she returned.
"Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you to live on,"she said."You know, he was blind and could not even see the wall."收起全文
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