Little Jim was sitting on a hospital bed, drinking a hot cup of cocoa. He looked down from the window, and from there, he watched the zoo. The nurse entered the room and seeing little Jim, she felt sorry for him.
“Do you really want to go there next weekend?” the nurse asked.
“I’ve never been to the zoo,” little Jim said. “What’s in there?”
“Well,” the nurse said, while tucking his uneaten food away with aluminum foil. “There are so many wild animals, like tigers, wild birds, giraffe, snakes and zebras.”
“That’s dangerous! They would eat the people there!” little Jim exclaimed.
“Oh! Nothing to worry about,” the nurse laughingly said. “Silly! They’re in cages. They won’t hurt no one. Tell you what. If you just finish your meals, I’ll take you there next Saturday. Your cocoa is not sufficient to keep you strong and alive.”
The nurse left the room with the tray. Little Jim felt sorry for the animals in the zoo. They’re in cages, even with their legs and wings still attached. However, little Jim felt sorrier for himself. He doesn’t have legs, and he’s not in a cage, but he’s still trapped within these four walls, with just a nurse and a wheelchair as a ticket to freedom for just one day.