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
The men talked for hours on end.
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 overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Lovers walked arm in arm and a fine view of the sky could be seen.
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 this picturesque scene.
One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentle man by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.
Days, weeks and months 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. He could not even see the wall.
You are gone I release you - let you go
You have so many things to see and do
I must not tie myself to you in tears
I shall be happy that we had so many years
I gave my love, you can only guess
how much you gave to me in happiness
But now it's time you travel on alone
So I grieve awhile for you since grieve I must
Then I let my grief be comforted by trust
It's only for awhile that we must part
So blessed now the memories within my heart
You won't be far away for life goes on
So if I need you - I call - and I know you will come
Though I can't see you or touch you, you'll be near
And if I listen with my heart I'll hear
All your love around me, soft and clear
And then when I must come this way alone,
you'll greet me with a smile and "Welcome Home"