Talking of doctors leads me to think of hospitals, the subject of the first of the stories in my eclectic anthology Just For Fun, which begins in a hospital, where Sam and Mary, who have been married for many years are waiting for Mary’s oncologist who keeps an eye on her recovery from breast cancer.
The idea for this story came when my wife and I visited Shaare Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem three or more times a year for her cancer specialist to review her progress. Thank God after about 12 years these visits are behind us and my wife is well.
For all these years we sat in the large waiting room which served various different out-patient clinics, orthopaedic, ophthalmic and others. On the wall above the reception desk was a large television, which as far as I can remember for the entire 12 years we sat and waited, was never switched on. Looking around I also noticed a copy machine in a far corner. No one ever seemed to use that either. Being a writer and a keen observer of people, I like nothing more to sit in our local shopping mall or in a hotel lobby when we are on holiday, and to paraphrase the song ‘Sitting in the Lobby Watching All The People Go By’.
So being bored waiting for our turn to see the doctor I let my imagination run away with me and I invented Sam the thief with a heart of gold, loosely fashioned on the role played by Ronnie Barker in the British sitcom ‘Porridge’. If you the reader are an American, or from another country not influenced by British humour, I recommend that you look up this very funny TV programme on You Tube. It is well worth the effort and the time. Laughter according to The Reader’s Digest is the best medicine and this will heal all your ailments.
I of course needed to make the story more universal, so having been raised by a father with a typical English sense of humour, I gave it a British twist. I think it’s a good laugh and if you’d like to read it, you can do so on the sample of my book at Smashwords http://bit.ly/1LUbbR8 or at Amazon http://amzn.to/1LCp3BJ.
My book will also soon be available in print, which I believe is coming back into fashion, soon on CreateSpace. I too like nothing more than the feel and smell of a book in my hands. If you enjoy this little story and decide to buy the book, which is only $3.99, please give me a favourable review at your e-book retailer of choice.