Wallerino

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
Dr. Wallery is a successful neurosurgeon living a happy life. But he has some regrets....

Submitted: December 03, 2018

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Wallerino

Nov 2018 Farzaneh Afshari

All characters and events in this story are fictional

Wallerino A father and his teenage son were walking in downtown. They looked so similar as if GOD used Photoshop to copy the father, and then resized him and created his son. But if someone paid more attention to them, to their gestures, or even to the way they were walking or looking around, then he would find some differences in them. The father was a serious gentleman that seemed to be busy, with no time to waste, determined to reach his goals. But his son was a jumpy curious kid, still searching for the purpose of life. Though at the moment they were both angry. They just had an argument that actually originated from the mentioned differences. Chavosh (the son) had just missed a few classes at school in order to participate in a soccer match; which in fact they won. This was not the reason of the acrimony, but a reminder for his father that Chavosh does not have any plan for his future; what Chavosh would hardly deny. Chavosh said in fact he “has” a plan; the problem is that he just did not choose what his father planned for his futures. Dr. Wallery (the father) was a neurosurgeon, spending most of his waking hours in operating room or his office. Chavosh thought it would be a cruel fate not having enough spare time in your life, he thought being Dr. Wallery’s son is enough for him. And you know the rest, this argument never ended. So as they were walking in crowded streets downtown, trying to solve their challenges (as if changing the place of debate would change the result of it!), they noticed a bunch of people watching a street play. Dr. Wallery decided to look cool and prove his son that he has enough time to have fun too, so he told Chavosh: “let’s have a look, it would be fun”. The play, which looked more like a ritual, was called “dancing on the wall”. They gave every audience a brochure. Chavosh was so bored, he even didn’t bother reading it. Chavosh said: “It’s stupid!”. But Dr. Wallery, which had almost read through the brochure was even more interested. He started to read what was written in the brochure loudly:

********************************************* “Once upon a time there was a land named “Gomrahi”; in which a cruel king lived. The king’s name was “Zalem”. Due to his injustice and poor leadership, the dealers got rich but workers became poor. As the workers started to leave the land, the economy started to collapse. Zalem ordered to build a wall, all around his land so that no one could go out without his permission. The wall was so tall nobody could climb it, and was so firm nobody could break it. As the king was getting older, his strange orders started to increase. He ordered to send all rebels to the top of the wall, where they lived the rest of their lives. Whenever a new prisoner arrived there, he would go through some stages of mental alteration; states that even in this era, people experience them while facing difficulties in life. The first stage was denial of the fact that there was no way to escape. After trying many ways and failing, the next stage would start, which was depression and crying. After that he would evaluate his new situation and try to find a shelter, a good resource of food and water, and accept his new life as it is. Although most of prisoners could built a fairly comfortable life, they would often get bored after a while and start to think about possible ways of escaping again. Thinking about escape without any action would last for a long time, because now he had something precious to loose; food and shelter; that was not easy to gain again after the probable defeat in finding a way down the wall. It’s the nature of human. When people have something precious they would doubt any new action that may cause them loose their belongings, even if there is a chance to gain something better; but the ones who have nothing to lose, will take more risks. When you think deeply about it, their most precious belonging is not their property, job or in our case, food and shelter, it is their hope. So when the prisoner got more depressed and lost his hope, he would leave the shelter and start walking on the wall, to find somewhere or something to climb down. He would walk for days, weeks and months. He would regret leaving his shelter and feel depressed more than any other time. Many of us have experienced the mental states described so far, but for those who had a real trauma in life, there is yet another stage left; those people would either commit a suicide or sink into apathy. Thus after a while, there were thousands of apathetic prisoners, walking on the wall with no purpose. Years passed, a true leader named “Adel” arised. Adel deposed Zalem and the wall was ruined. He unleashed the slaves and prisoners including those living on the wall. The land was renamed as “agahi” and Sounds of merriment replaced mourn and sorrow. Apathic prisoners of the wall found their forgotten parts of their soul in their past memories which became vivid after they saw their land again. The former prisoners became present heroes. They started a new life and everything was great, except for the fact that they sometimes missed walking on the wall! Some of them would occasionally feel an urge to jump on a wall and start walking on it; as everyone living in that land knew about the pain their heroes endured through all those years, no one would blame them, yet many people would start to walk after them on the wall in order to show their concern. To make this look more symbolic, some people started to dance on the walls. After a few years, dancing on the wall became a tradition. People of Agahi spread all over the world through years and kept this tradition alive. Nowadays this tradition is practiced all over the world as a performing art and people who practice it are called Wallerino.” *********************************************

Dr Wallery said: “This is so interesting, isn’t it Chavosh?” .But Chavosh, which was in a stage of puberty in which teenagers oppose anything their parents say; sneered at his father and replied: “This is just meaningless. Imitating something meaningless just because others are doing it while there is no reason…..it sucks!” Dr Wallery thought, now it’s the time to win this argument and said proudly: “Chavosh, don’t you think you do this too? You listen to the music you even don’t know the lyrics, just because everyone else does. You choose your cloth the same as celebs. You do the same as your friends do although you might not like it. You are a Wallerino too.” “Dad, do you think your decisions in life was not influenced by others?” Chavosh said. “I think your whole life is based on what others wanted you to do, not your dreams”

The argument ended. They picked up Eshq (Dr. Wallery’s wife) on their way back home and spent a quite typical afternoon. When Dr. Wallery was brushing his teeth that night, he remembered what Chavosh said. Although telling that ‘his whole life was based on what others wanted him to do’ was not true; he had given up some of his dreams because of others or even worse; others dreams masqueraded as his. He always wanted to know how our brain works. He wanted to spend his life in labs and libraries; trying to know his mind better. When he entered the medical school, the first book he bought was a neuroanatomy atlas. He thought he can be both a physician and a scientist. Years of internship at hospital were tough and students were worried about paying their debt. Most of them wanted to enroll in a residency program with good potential of work in future, to be paid as much as they deserved. Young Dr. Wallery thought he deserved it too. He enrolled in a neurosurgery residency program, thinking he can do the research work besides being a clinician. But he was wrong. Most of his time was spent on his clinical work and there was no time left to do any fundamental research. He was dealing with patients who had a brain tumor or a herniated disc and although what he did for them was great, it was not what he wanted to do. He thought of himself as an introvert but he was doing a job full of talking and consulting other people. He always wanted a peaceful life far from any stress but he ended up in a stressful job full of urgent cases and all through the week he was on call at night. At the moment Dr. Wallery really missed old days when he was full of enthusiasm. He thought although he cannot change his life dramatically; he can spend less time at office in order to pursue some of his dreams. Dr. Wallery decided to buy a cottage close to the lake. He imagined a rainy day; he was sitting in front of the window, reading a book, while Eshq was bringing him a cup of coffee. It was at that moment when he realized through all these years; he has deprived himself of having fantasy. He decided to spend a minute in his imaginary world thus he imagined sitting near fireplace in their cottage while there was snow all over the ground outside. This fantasy sent him into ecstasies. He talked to Eshq that night. She was a devoted wife and mother. Eshq smiled and as always agreed. Next morning Dr. Wallery went to a real estate agency to talk about the cottage. Mr. Kaseb was a 65 year old famous real estate with 47 years of experience. Although they were living in a metropolis, he almost knew all the elites, politicians, entrepreneurs and everyone who had a chance to appear on “Royal Life”; a show on channel 4 about famous people of the country. Dr. Wallery told Mr. Kaseb about his plan to buy a cottage. Mr. kaseb knew how to convince people to buy something more expensive. He said: “It is an honor for me to help you Dr. Wallery.” He looked through his laptop and wrote a few notes on a papers including a few addresses and some phone numbers. Out of 5 addresses he had written, 3 belonged to cottages. Besides he had chosen 2 luxury houses, not far away from the first cottage they were going to see. While driving to the countryside, Mr. Kaseb started to talk about the new house Dr. Poz just bought. Dr. Poz was the head of cerebrovascular neurosurgery at the hospital and the director of two private institutes. Besides he was chosen as their country top neurosurgeon last year. Through the years Mr. Kaseb had found there are varied types of customers that he had to treat them differently. For Dr. Wallery, it was his competitive temperament that could help Mr. Kaseb to get him spend more money. And Mr. Kaseb was right. Visiting the first cottage, Dr. Wallery could not stop thinking about Dr. Poz. He and Dr. Poz started their residency in the same year. Dr. Poz was a good resident but not as great as Dr. Wallery was. Their difference was that Dr. Poz had just made a few better decisions in his life than Dr. Wallery did. Dr. Wallery thought he should apply for a fellowship too. After visiting the first cottage, Mr. Kaseb suggested to see a house nearby. It was a 13,630 sqft luxury house with 6 bedrooms, 10 baths and a 5 car garage. Within the next hour they visited the entire house. Mr. Kaseb asked Dr. Wallery if he wanted to see the next cottage. He hesitated and then answer: “No. Is there any other luxury house you can show me right now?”

******************************************** We are all Wallerinos. Our mind is bombarded with lots of information and manipulated by them. Ideas and ideologies creep into our minds. And as Dr. Wallery thought, others dreams masqueraded as ours. Dr. Wallery is sitting on a chair in his luxury house. He is 85 now and had a very normal life through these years. Two weeks after visiting Mr. Kaseb, he and his wife bought a luxury house in countryside. He and Eshq had a baby girl the next year and named her as “safa”. He applied for a fellowship three years later and was a successful neurosurgeon till he was retired. After retirement he would sometimes visit old colleagues and give speech at seminars time to time. Chavosh studied in an Ivy league university and he is a successful busy entrepreneur. He is married and has two children. Safa is a dentist living with her husband and their only daughter. Eshq lived a happy life and died 3 years ago. Safa visits his father every weekend. Chavosh is so busy these days but he talks to his father on the phone almost every week. Dr. Wallery cannot walk without help. He is looking through the window, thinking about his life. He had a great life but he has many regrets too. He remembers neither the day he spent with Chavosh in downtown nor the brochure.It’s not strange because it’s been a long time ago. But currently he forgets things a lot and he is worried about it. He thinks if he was a scientist instead of a physician; then maybe he could find a way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. If he studied about how our brains work, maybe he could find a way to stop being a Wallerino.

Farzaneh Afshari


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