The woman that sleeps on the windowsill at the hospital where I work


***This is a true story, one experienced by the author***
A homeless person asleep on a small ledge --Photo byJon Tyson on Unsplash

I frequent a very old healthcare facility. One built in the 1800's, a time when construction was very different. One of the more endearing features is the wide ledges on the window sills. I love that feature.

I have always loved wide window ledges because I envision myself sitting or lying there on cold wintery days watching nature do its work. I am also an avid nature lover and as such I do some of my best thinking and writing when I am immersed in nature or observing it, doing what it does.

Each night during our breaks at work you can find the healthcare staff sitting on these ledges taking some much-needed relaxation. Some will even lay down, cover up and go off to sleep on these ledges, they are that wide.

When I began working there, I soon noticed that an older woman, probably in her mid-sixties had claimed a particular area as her own. Each night I worked; she would be in her special place on that ledge sleeping.

At first, I thought she was an employee as I did not see her face, just the brown of her coat. Then as the days went by, she would pass me in the early hours of the morning as she left the hospital before the day shift arrived.

I realized she appeared to be homeless. I never got a chance to have a conversation with her as she always seems to be asleep during my breaks. I was happy that she was safe.

The other day I noticed that the hospital police were escorting her out during the night. It was disturbing to see because she never creates trouble or bothers anyone, it seems that she simply needs a place to sleep.

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