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Two men were seriously ill. They occupied the same room in the hospital. One of them was lying in the bed near the only window in their room. Every day he was allowed to spend some time sitting up in his bed to help draining the fluid from lungs. The other man was forced to spend all his days flat on his back.
They talked a lot about their life, families, jobs, vacations. Every time, when the first man was sitting by the window, he described in details all that he saw outside the window. His roommate always looked for those moments, when his world was broadened and brightened up by the world outside.
Amazing views of a park with a beautiful lake could be seen from the window of their room. Children delightfully played among ducks and swans. Couples walked arm in arm among colourful flowers. Also the stunning city skyline could be seen.
When the man by the window had been thoroughly describing all that was happening outside the window, his roommate would close his eyes and imaged all the beautiful scenes of life that were told to him.
One night the man, whose bed was near the window, died peacefully during sleep and his roommate was very sad.
After some time, when the nurse came to visit him, he asked if he could be moved next to the window. The nurse agreed and kindly made the switch. When she left, the man slowly and painfully propped himself up on one elbow and took the first look at the world outside. He was stunned. The window faced a blank wall.
When the nurse came to visit him the next time, he told her about beautiful things outside the window that his roommate described him. The nurse replied that his roommate was a blind man. She said: “Probably he just tried to encourage you.”
This was written during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, September, 2005
We often have our differences,
About most everything,
Our customs and our way of life,
The anthems that we sing.
The way we walk, the way we talk,
May not be just like you,
Your pioneers used wagon trains,
And our used large canoes.
Your people speak ‘American’,
While ours speak also French,
We’re proud to be Canadian,
With loyalty intense.
But you’re our southern relatives,
And we’re your northern friends,
And when you’re needing someone’s help,
On us you can depend.
We love you as a family,
Of that you can be sure,
We’ll do whatever we can do,
To help you to endure.
We feel your pain and agony,
Your sorrow and your strife,
We cry when we see homelessness,
And senseless loss of life.
We’re all in this together, and
We will be to the end,
We’ll be with you and see it through,
Our friendship we extend.
by David Ronald Bruce Pekrul