Average Waves in Unprotected Waters

Title Average Waves in Unprotected Waters
Link http://www.enotes.com/average-waves
Author Tyler, Anne

Excerpt of the story:

Bet prepares her son Arnold in the morning to take him to the Parkins State Hospital. Arnold, 9, is mentally retarded. Bet had married his father, Avery, when they were both very young in order to get away from home. Avery left her when he saw Arnold’s condition. Bet takes him on a train to the Parkinsville Railroad Station, from which they ride by cab to the hospital. Bet says good-bye to Arnold, goes to the station where she is distraught to learn that her train will be 20 minutes late. Luckily, the Mayor is rehearsing his speech to mark the expansion of the railway station. Bet has a private play to amuse her while she waits for her train.


‘Normal Waves in Unprotected Waters” starts from the outset light on the day Bet Blevins, the story’s hero, is to systematize her intellectually debilitated child, Arnold. At nine years old, Arnold has gotten excessively hard for Bet to oversee. In the ratty, one-room condo, Bet ponders, as she readies Arnold’s things and dresses him one final time, in the event that he comprehends what’s going on and in the event that she is really settling on the correct choice. As they leave the disintegrating apartment complex, Mrs. Puckett, a compassionate neighbor who is crying, stops Bet and gives her treats for Arnold, however he runs off without recognizing the one who has cared for him since his introduction to the world.