AN OLD MAN WAKES UP IN A GIANT PINK ROOM WEARING A MATCHING SUIT, AND THERE STANDS AN ELEPHANT.
The elephant is black and white. It is precise and perfect in nature. Its eyes are gentle and it says nothing. It just looks at him. It studies him, like it knows him better than he knows himself. It gazes as if it’s heard all of his lies and secrets, but it says nothing. The elephant has a look of lovely pain in its deep, gentle eyes.
Suddenly the frail man is jolted from his daydream as the coffee shop begins to bustle. He jumps as he spills his coffee in his lap. A group of college kids snicker and point as one pulls out his cell phone to snap a photo. The old man slinks into his chair, unable to bend down to clean up the mess. The young barista rushes over to help him. She cleans the mess and gets him another cup of coffee, all the while ignoring the snickering. She asks him about his day and family. Tears well in the old man’s face when he cracks the joke, “My wife always would say that I was like the big, pink elephant in the room.”
The barista quickly answered, “No sir. The room is what is pink. And elephants are always welcome.”
THE WORLD IS WHAT IS PINK, AND THE TRUTH IS IN THE ROOM.
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