Adversity can help form long-lasting friendships in the most unlikely places – among the most unlikely people. It can bring people together who never would have met otherwise, allowing relationships to thrive among terrible circumstances. And friendships can make the darkest circumstances a little lighter.
Two hospital patients forged a bond after being roommates. One was blind, and the other was extremely ill, but neither let the conditions of their stay prevent them from making friends and finding amusement in the most unlikely places.
In a hospital, all the days can seem the same. A nurse brings your meals, sometimes you’ll be taken out for tests – but not much changes. These two friends found hope and laughter from outside … or so it seemed. The ill man stared out the window next to his bed, describing to the blind man the world that he could not see.
He told his friend of a soap opera unfolding. A young man tried to propose to his girlfriend – first, only with flowers. The woman took the flowers and threw them on the ground. The men guessed that she wanted a ring, chuckling among themselves.
As if the unlucky lover heard them, the next time the ill man spotted him, he had a ring. He told his blind friend that the man had a ring, and that the proposal went off without a hitch this time. The two friends found joy in the young couple’s potential future – and the young man’s silly mistakes in romance. It was obvious that they both had lived long lives.
One day, a nurse came into the room and took the ill man for a procedure. It is obvious that the prognosis isn’t great. He reflects that you can never be ready for something like that – a major medical operation. “Good luck, my friend,” says the blind man. Those are the last words he says to his friend and roommate.
The ill man doesn’t survive the procedure, and it is only after his death that the blind man realizes the depth of his generosity. Watch this video to find out what the blind man saw about his friend after his death.
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