Adam – Chapter Twenty-Two

Kingwell By Kingwell, 1st Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam and Mona return to St. John's where Adam begins his second year at college. A tragedy in the Fox family brings out the best in Adam.

Adam begins his second year at Momorial.

Upon his arrival back in St. John’s, Adam prepared to return to life in residence. George and Isabella were sorry to have him move out but he promised to drop by every week for a visit. George had a new book that he was eager to discuss, and had even bought the young man, his own copy. Isabella had baked a batch of Adam’s favorite cookies for him to take back to residence.
Most of his friends had returned for their second year, although some, including his former roommate Winston Janes, had decided to teach for a year and save some money towards next year’s tuition, rather than going with a student loan. His new roommate was Michael Jones from Botwood. Michael was also in his second year and they had seen each other around campus the year before, but hadn’t hung out with the same crowd. Nevertheless, they had soon forged a strong friendship and the school year was off to a good start.

Tragedy!

The first sign that this might not be an ordinary year came near the end of September when Shane Fox, the only grandchild of George and Isabella Fox, was struck and killed by a drunk driver while walking his girlfriend home after the two had watched a movie at the Paramount theatre. The young lady was taken to the General Hospital but released the following day. Shane’s parents and grandparents were naturally devastated. Adam, who was a friend of Shane’s, slept little that night, thinking of his friend and his friend’s grandparents who were now like a second family to him.
Adam had no classes the following afternoon and feeling that he had no choice in the matter, set out for the home of George and Isabella Fox. Walking along the street, Adam wondered what he would say, and even though he felt that he must go visit the couple, the closer he got to the house the more lost for words he seemed to be. The doorbell was answered by a frail George Fox, who seemed to have to have aged ten years since Adam had last seen him. His voice broke as he shook Adam’s hand and lead him inside.
Isabella rose from the sofa on which she’s been lying and the two hugged as tears ran down the woman’s face. Unable to trust his voice, Adam continued to hug the elderly woman. George finally found his voice, “we knew you would come”, he said softly, and Isabella nodded in agreement. Old friends had been dropping by all morning, bringing donations of food and words of comfort. Over the next two hours, Adam listened attentively as the couple talked.
It was 4 pm when the couple’s niece came by with the news that there would be a private viewing for family and close friends, at Barrett’s Funeral home from 7 to 9 pm that evening. She promised to pick them up if they felt well enough to attend. The grandparents insisted that they wanted to be there and inquired about their son Ralph and their daughter in law Ruby. After more hugs and tears, the niece left with a promise to return at 7.
Both George and Isabella insisted that Adam come along with them, and since the next day was a Saturday, expressed the hope that he would stay with them overnight. Adam agreed but added that he must first call Mona and also advise Michael that he would not be returning to residence that night.

Adam Learns A Valuable Lesson.

Although there were various dishes in the refrigerator, food that kind friends had dropped off that morning, Isabella appeared not to notice. Adam decided that it was time to take over. First of all, he warmed some homemade soup and placed on the table, along with steaming cups of freshly brewed tea. Next he found a loaf of Isabella's homemade bread and soon a plate containing several large slices was placed beside it. Milk, butter and sugar soon followed. As George helped Isabella to the table, they were smiling for the first time since they’d heard the news of Shane’s death.
Adam encouraged them to eat, saying they would need strength to get through tonight’s ordeal. Isabella however, insisted on waiting until Adam was ready to eat as well. Then she bowed her head for the grace. As she prayed, her voice broke several times, yet she managed to get though it and Adam added an audible amen. He remembered how George had often scoffed at the idea of saying grace at meals but there were no such comments tonight.
The three ate in silence for several minutes. Finally, George looked up and spoke slowly, “Adam”, he said, “thank you for coming over this afternoon, not many kids your age could have done it, but I don’t know if we’d have made it without you”. Isabella was nodding in agreement, “ I didn’t expect you” she said, “death is difficult for young people to handle, but George was adamant that you would be here, he seems certain that you will always do the right thing“. Adam smiled to himself, he’d been so worried about what he would say – now, he couldn’t remember uttering a word, except the brief “I’m sorry, I’m sorry” as he hugged them upon arriving. He had learned a valuable lesson, sometimes being a good listener was often far more important than any words could be!

At The Funeral Home

Adam insisted on doing the dishes while George and Isabella prepared for what would doubtless be one of the difficult evenings of their lives. They arrived at the funeral home at 7.20 to find Ralph Fox looking strained and worn out as he tried to keep his own emotions under control while consoling his wife who seemed unaware of anyone. It was clear that friends, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and even cousins wanted to help, but all just stood there knowing that this was a moment that had to be experienced and that would be etched forever in their memory. Later, when it was time to go home, the women would help Ralph get Ruby away from the open casket as she continued to call her son’s name. An aunt and uncle would stay with them that night and the family doctor saw to it that Shane’s mother had medication to help her sleep through the night.
When the Foxs had retired for the night, Adam called Mona but the two chatted for less than ten minutes, as Adam felt that someone might want to check on the elderly couple. He planned on staying with George and Isabella until after the funeral, which was being held from Wesley United Church on Patrick Street, at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon. He promised to call Mona again after he had seen the Foxs home and hopefully, they would be able to get together for a few hours. He remained with George and Isabella throughout Saturday and Saturday night, including another visit to the funeral home in the afternoon.
On Sunday he went with them to the church and cemetery and finally back to their home. Adam had classes in the morning, so must return to residence that night but first he made sure that friends would keep an eye on the couple that he now thought of as his adopted grandparents. After they’d eaten, he called Mona and later the two took a leisurely walk through Bannerman Park, admiring the colors that Autumn had painted the falling tree leaves.

Mona Meets The Foxs.

Adam continued to see George and Isabella every week and watched as their lives slowly began to return to some form of normality. The couple were delighted when Mona, whom they constantly asked about, could join Adam in one of his visit. They immediately fell in love with the gentle girl with the bluest of eyes and friendly smile. George had looked from Mona’s smiling face to Adam’s beaming one and referred to them as soul mates forever after. Isabella had tears in her eyes as she hugged Mona and welcomed her to their home. After dinner when the two women were cleaning up in the kitchen, she spoke of the kindness that Adam had shown them and of her husband’s belief that the young man had a bright future.
It had been an enjoyable evening and Adam and Mona had stayed longer at the Foxs than they’d originally intended. Tired but happy, Mona smiled at her boyfriend when they’d arrived back at her residence and during their lingering good-night kiss, she remembered Isabella’s words and a loneliness swept over her as if Adam had already left for parts unknown.
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Twenty-Three
Read from the beginning See Chapter One

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Autumn, Death And Dying, Drinking And Driving, Drunk Driver, Family Doctor, Grace At Meals, Homemade Bread, Oxford, Prayer, The Art Of Being A Good Listener, Wake, Words Of Comfort

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar Carol Roach
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

I really enjoy this story. You are a talented writer

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Hi Carol, Thank you for the compliment. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Keep up the good work!

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica for reading and commenting. You are a good friend. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

when are where are you going to publish this dear Kingwell? much success i send to you and my love of course...

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carolina. So good to see you here again, I may try sending it to a publisher this summer, Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Apr 2015 (#)

Sad and tender moments too - that is life for ordinary folks everywhere during trying times. Your writing is riveting Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Your comments are greatly appreciated. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th May 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always. It was very sad but tender at the same time. Blessings to you today and always.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th May 2015 (#)

Thank you for reading and comment my friend. Blessings.

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