Photo Essay

.Thanks for being a pane in my window on the world.~

.Blue Skies.~

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 receive his daily medical treatment. 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, and 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 the description of activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a beautiful lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers held hands and walked 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 described his view from the window 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 through the park. Although the other man could not hear the band, he could see the parade in his mind's eye, as the gentleman by the window developed a detailed picture with his descriptive words.

One morning, the 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 world outside. Finally, he would have the joy of seeing it for himself. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window beside the bed. To his surprise the window faced a brick wall.

The man called for the nurse and asked what could have compelled his deceased roommate to describe 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."

There really is tremendous joy in making others happy, despite our own situations. Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

Thank you to Susan Littlefield for this 'Story' Nomination..

Thank you so much to Donna Mullins for this


Thank you to Saroj for this nomination. 1.3.15.

Many thank's to Andrew for this nomination! 12.27.2015

Thank you to JPG and everyone for a great 2015..keep clicking.

21 responses

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (9 Dec 2014):

    I've read that story before....what a wonderful inspiration for your beautiful series of photos!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (9 Dec 2014):

    I have never seen this story before. How wonderful,and your photos are great. We all have the ability to help others,unfortunately not everyone has the desire. If each and everyone in this old world could see this story and have it sink in, the world would be a much better place.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Dec 2014):

    Thank U Susan and Donna!!!!!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (10 Dec 2014):

    Great shots! And I loved the story, wonderful!! Voted!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (10 Dec 2014):

    Thank U Rekha!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2014):

    My brother recently shared this story with me, and now it's been greatly enhanced by your images. Beautifully done, Lynn. Voted.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (11 Dec 2014):

    Thank you Ted! and Rekha!

  • Deborah King

    Deborah King said (11 Dec 2014):

    Heart warming. And poignant message. Thank you for taking the time to write this out and for sharing it.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (11 Dec 2014):

    Thank you Deborah!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (12 Dec 2014):

    I have tears in my eyes after reading this story...What a beautiful soul the man by the window had to imagine these wonderful scenes to tell the other man in such detail when he was blind but could see in his imagination ...Loved the story and your images to go with it...You for sure have my vote!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (12 Dec 2014):

    Thank you Andrea!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) said (23 Dec 2014):

    Even better the second time around . Voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (3 Jan 2015):

    I really agree with Donna and love what Andrea said....I am sure this story will be the story of the week... Nice!!! Vote and nomination....

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (4 Jan 2015):

    Back again to vote for this beautiful heart warming story....The eyes
    to the mind of how life is perceived define the windows of the soul....

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (28 Dec 2015):

    Congratulations for this well deserved honor of story of the week..
    As you know I really love the story and your pictures to go with it.

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (29 Dec 2015):

    very good story and explained with sense.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (29 Dec 2015):


  • Stefan ...

    Stefan ... (Deleted) said (1 Jan 2016):

    Congratulations! :-)

  • Aaron Schwartz

    Aaron Schwartz gave props (16 Jan 2016):

    Well deserved Story of the Week award for this wonderful photo story.

  • Nasrin Tajadod

    Nasrin Tajadod gave props (12 Jul 2019):

    I read your story and enjoyed of it .it is interesting that how people think positive and can help to vote and nominated.

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