John Rowling was an American whose ambition in life was to become an engineer and serve the country. He started his career as an engineer by fulfilling his ambition. This is a true story which tells us about how he achieved his goal and served the country.

In 1883 John was inspired by the idea of building a bridge connecting New York with Long Island. Experts said it was impossible. But deep in his heart he knew that it could be done. It was his dream and he wanted to share it with someone else.

After much discussion he managed to convince his son Washington, an upcoming engineer that the bridge could be built. Both of them discussed it and began to build their own dream bridge with their crew.

The project started well but a tragic accident at the site took the life of John. Washington was injured and left with brain damage. He could not walk, talk or even move. Everyone felt that the project should be scrapped. In spite of his disability Washington was never discouraged. He had a great desire to fulfill his father’s dream.

He decided to make the best use of the only finger which he could move. By moving the finger he made a code of communication with his wife. Washington wanted his wife to call the engineers. He used the same method to tell them what they should do. For 13years Washington tapped out his instructions until the bridge was finally completed.

Today the spectacular Brooklyn Bridge stands in all its glory. It is a tribute to the perseverance of two men and their determination.

Even the most distant dream can be realized with determination and perseverance.

Source : Grade 09 English Book

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