|Rock Constantine (standard:drama, 590 words)|
|Author: Satyen Bose||Added: Nov 09 2001||Views/Reads: 1968/1||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Story of Rock Constantine|
Rock Constantine Recently, we moved into a new house in the countryside. Unlike in the city, the houses were pretty far apart. You could shout at the top of your voice and your neighbor would hardly hear you. The Constantine family was our neighbors. Jack Constantine went to school with me. We attended V grade together. I had to go past the Constantine’s house to go to the school. There, Jack joined me and we biked our way to the school. Everyday, Mrs. Constantine would wave us as we started to the school. Mr. Constantine would sometimes wish me when he was out gardening. Since I was new to the place, Jack took me along to play and have fun. Sometimes, Mr. Constantine drove us to the school and my dad would pick us up after the school. Slowly our families got closer and we used to party together. A few months later, Jack told me that he had a younger brother Rock who was mentally retarded and was at a rehab center undergoing treatment. He also told me that Rock would return home to stay with the rest of the family. That very next week, Mr. Constantine brought Rock from the rehab center. Rock was literally a rock weighing roughly 180 pounds and was using a wheel chair because he broke his knee in a fight at the rehab. Virtually, none but Mr. Constantine could hold Rock if he misbehaved. This thought was always in the back of my mind. So I hardly used to say a word to Rock. As weeks passed by, Rock gained more weight become more immobile. Mrs. Constantine was stronger at heart than she physically was. She frequently had trouble with Rock. Sometimes I could hear Rock shouting at his mother and Mr. Constantine trying to calm down Rock. Personally, I considered Rock well behaved for what he was. He never troubled his parents when I was at their home. He just sat in the corner of the house glancing out of the window and now and then checking to see if I was still around. Our families hardly went out partying after Rock arrived. Few weeks later, Rock’s knee was set right and he was undergoing training to walk at the local physiotherapist’s office. At home, Rock always used the wheel chair even though he could walk. He liked going around in it. Mrs. Constantine had to do everything she did when Rock as unable to walk including the clean up. Jack never complained about Rock since Mr. Constantine explained to him why he was supposed to tolerate the behavior of his younger brother. As days passed by, Mrs. Constantine was becoming weaker serving Rock’s duties. She fell ill frequently and was hospitalized once. Now, it was time for Mr. Constantine to think about sending Rock back to the rehab. He made a few trips to the city and finally found a good rehab center for Rock. The warden of the rehab center came to the Constantine home a week before admission to see Rock. As usual, Rock was calm and quiet in the presence of the warden. The warden did his formal procedures and left. For that whole week, Rock never troubled his mother. In-turn Mrs. Constantine had good time with her son. The following Monday, I went to jack’s home right when Rock was leaving for the rehab. Tears rolled down the cheeks of the huge boy. Mrs. Constantine broke into tears as Mr. Constantine drove away in the car. -CSB Tweet
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