A young man, Gio roams around New York City interviewing people about their personal life and judgement towards controversial issues. He is works for a small time magazine company that doesn’t pay much. One morning, Gio walks into a coffee shop and orders a Mocha Frappuccino to start his day. He says thank you and walks out. He notices a man sitting in front of the building with his head facing towards the ground. He has wore out clothing. Gio first instinct was most homeless people beg for money. He sees by the mans knees and there was three drinks that seemed to be untouched. Gio gets an idea and wants to try something new. He decides to interview the gentleman.
Good morning sir. My name is Giovanni Nunez and I was hoping to get a consent for an interview with you?
The man looks up at Giovanni. Rolls his eyes and goes back to the form he was at from the beginning.
Sir? I understand and I’m sorry to have bothered you. Have a blessed day.
Giovanni begins to walk away until the man mumbles something.
Yes sir? Did you say something to me?
I don’t get interviews much from people. Well, my story is a bit contrasting than most dispossessed people you probably encountered. My occupation was a medical doctor for 29 years. The only regret having is not saving a person’s life. I blamed myself for failing. I didn’t stop and tried to create a cure that takes years to develop, but as life as we know it we can’t save everyone. Life is unfair and that is how the world plays.
Gio looks confused as he writes the man’s words on his wore out notepad. He doesn’t believe him and figures he is making his story up.
Sir, if you were a medical doctor? What happened?
Well, I worked with a lot of cancer patients and my wife was one of them. I did all I could to save her. I sold my house, cars, real estate, and invest all our savings to her treatment.
Gio stops him.
Did she make it?
A tear sheds from his eye.
No son. She didn’t. All I can tell you is that money can buy luxury goods, trips, memories, and things, but can’t buy life. No matter how wealthy you are, money can not buy life.
Giovanni heart sinks in and feels a pain of sorrow in his conscious. He looks at the man and sheds a tear as well.
An interview that will stay with him forever. He now sees life in a whole new perspective. A man who didn’t care about living anymore. A man that gave up everything to save a life.
©️ Daniel Sanchez 2021