August 8, 2018

Two senior women were talking in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Both of them 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, the price of her medicine. She handed the other lady a piece of paper and asked her to read it to her; 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 Miserable.”

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 Miserable, 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.

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