The sun was shining and the birds where chirping, of course Rover was barking. Robert grew up here in Ballarat and he was an only child living with his mum. Later in 1854 Roberts mum passed away and the young orphan was forced to find a job during the worst of times. The small kid got his first job at a local newspaper company
He didn’t really enjoy his job and soon in 1888 got a new job at a local petrol station. Robert was paid not very much but he liked his job so he continued it. He only made around 4 dollars a week.
Later when Robert was 24 he quit his job again and gained a new hobby constructing and building things so he decided to become a builder. This job was really hard but he enjoyed it, Robert continued this job until he was 50 when he got too old to do any more.
10 years later Robert still had a lot of money and he also still lived in his home that he grew up with his mum in. Later that year a new house was being built next door and before he knew it new neighbours had moved in. Robert was really happy that a new neighbour had moved in next door and that he won’t be lonely anymore.
Robert helped the neighbours move in some furniture and appliances and he made them feel very welcome. Only a couple of days later Robert and Jeromy were good friends. Every week Jeromy would visit Robert and they would crack jokes and go for long walks. Jeromy started to visit every day after school, telling Robert about his day.
Although they had their good times they both knew what was coming. Robert was old, he wasn’t going to be around much longer. One day after school, Jeromy asked, “What are you going to do with the rest of your life Robert?”
He paused and answered with a tear “I don’t know Jeromy, might as well stay here, or move somewhere, where I can get care, but I don’t know, I’ll have to think about it.”
Robert was now crying, Jeromy could tell whatever Robert was going to do he would be upset. But after a while of Robert thinking about it he decided that moving out was a good idea, Jeromy wasn’t so keen.
But he thought Robert should get what he wants and what he thinks he needs so he agreed.
“Jeromy where have you been?” asked his mum, Stacy.
“I stayed at Roberts for a bit longer, he said that he might move out.” Mumbled Jeromy with his head down, dragging his bag along the floor.
“Well he is 90; you can’t expect him to be with us forever.” Explained his mother.
“You better go help him to make up his mind tomorrow.”
Yes, I know.” Replied Jeromy.
After school when Jeromy went to visit Robert, there was not much up on his walls, no pictures or paintings and nothing up on his shelves. They were all gone. Jeromy was just great full that all his furniture was still there.
It was quite obvious that Robert had already started to pack, there was big boxes, bags and lots of tape around his house. Jeromy didn’t know what to fell he also knew that Robert had made up his mind and was going to move out and that it wasn’t going to be long until he does.
“Robert! It’s me, Jeromy, I’m here to visit, school has finished!” Shouted Jeromy at the top of his lungs.
Now you’re probably expecting me to say that there was no answer and that’s exactly what I’m going to do because there was no answer it was so quiet that Jeromy could still hear the echo from his voice, so quiet that for the first time in his life Jeromy was scared of silence, so quiet that the quiet-ness had Jeromy sure that he was going deaf.
Ok now Jeromy knew that Robert wasn’t home and before he went completely deaf he rushed out the door. Jeromy knew that Robert was always at his house when Jeromy comes to visit. So he rushed around town searching for Robert still 5 hours past it’s now 8:00pm and no sing of Robert, surely he had searched the whole town by now, He continued to look spreading out and going out towards the minefields, he paused for a second by a retirement home and a old man in a black coat, limping around, slower than Robert caught his eye he had seen that coat somewhere and he couldn’t figure out where, he walked inside and walked up to the man.
As soon as Jeromy entered the man exited but just as Jeromy was about to leave he again hears something familiar but decides to leave he need to keep on looking. Well Jeromy being Jeromy does need to leave but of course he doesn’t he turns around and follows the voice. It leads him right to the front of the building where he finds Rover.
“what are you doing here boy?”
Rover jumps up on Jeromy. “Robert, why are you here? I’ve been looking for you for over 5 hours you weren’t at your house when I came to visit so I got worried, and why is everything packed?”
“I’ve made my decision and I’m going to move out, I came here because this is the closest place for miles. I just didn’t want you to do all the work because I knew that if I told you earlier you would make sure that everything is done properly and I don’t want you to be under any stress.”
Jeromy helped Robert to move some of his stuff around to make him comfortable at his new home. He even made a little bed for Rover to stay in and Robert told Jeromy when he dies that Rover is his. Jeromy loved Rover a lot so he was happy.
Before Robert moved in he ordered a truck to help them move some of his furniture and then they took the rest in Robert’s car.
They had a little bit of extra time with the truck so seeing as though Jeromy wouldn’t see Robert much more they made the best out of it. Jeromy and Robert had never used a truck off road before. Maybe the fact that a 90 year old man also had an effect on them losing a wheel, falling over on their side and the $12 000 fine.
Jeromy still visited Robert, but it was never the same. It must have taken a lot for Robert to move.
Robert ended up selling the home after spending nearly his whole life in it, it had been a big part of his life, so had Jeromy, Stacy and Rover.