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 all his time flat on his back.
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The men talked for hours. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service and where they had been on vacations. Every afternoon when the man that was allowed to sat up in his bed by the window, he would describe to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window to pass time.
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 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 color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape 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 details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine the picturesque scene.
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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 as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days and weeks passed.
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