August 19, 2021 –
Two senior women were talking in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Both reminded me of Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent, a little overweight, frumpy, disheveled gray hair, and I was soon to witness another trait, wisdom where wisdom was unexpected.
I overheard one lady complaining about the waiting time, her many physical aches and pains, and her medicine price. She handed the other lady a piece of paper and asked her to read it; the type was too small.
The second lady’s only comment was, I can’t see a thing, but still have dreams. She could see but, she thought of the future. The first lady was miserable, and she wanted her friend to commiserate with her. In the second lady’s comment, I heard Susan Boyle singing the second verse of “Les Misérables.”
I dreamed a dream in times gone by
When hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed, that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted.
Yes, the second lady has a dream, but it isn’t of days gone by. She is still dreaming. Victor Hugo, the writer of Les Misérables, is quoted as saying, “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”
Here is a small snippet from the song’s first verse.
And the world was a song
And the song was exciting
There was a time.
The second lady knows her remaining time is short, and she plans on filling the days with endless wonder. She dreams.