I had an uncle once. His name was Robert. I would not have known of him at all if I had not found his Bible in my father’s bookcase. The year was 1957, and I was 12. My dad explained that Robert was his younger brother, a quiet boy who loved to draw pictures. When he was 19, he began hallucinating and he believed that he was dying. He was a frequent runaway. About the author Suzanne Gunston lives in Arrowsic. Robert Perkins died at the Worcester State Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1966. Help was sought. Eventually, Robert was sent to a state hospital, where he lived, mostly unvisited, for the rest of his life. On the day that he died, I found my dad quietly crying at the kitchen table. He had not seen his brother in more than 30 years. I obsessed about Robert’s story through my adolescence and into adulthood. Why had the family abandoned Robert, and how lonely must he have been? Could he have been saved? My dad said that during his visits to the hospital, Robert didn’t speak or recognize him. Finally, the doctor suggested that it was “best to forget him.” The… Read full this story
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