Adam Chapter Eight

Kingwell By Kingwell, 5th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam is delighted when the newly wed teacher announces that she plans to continue teaching but not everyone agrees.

Good News For Adam

The sudden and unexpected marriage of Miss Simms, now Mrs. Walsh, had at least one positive influence on the community. The new bride soon made it clear that she planned to continue teaching not only for the remainder of that year, but hopefully for many years to come. At a time when it was often difficult to find teachers willing to live in such small communities, this should have been considered a blessing and the school board certainly considered it so.
Adam too, who was having no major problems in grade eight, breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news. The now almost certainty, that the school would remain open for the next few years, meant that the possibility that he would be able to complete high school was very good indeed.

A Backlash

Not everyone in the community however, felt as Adam did about the teacher’s decision. Almost immediately there was a backlash from those who saw it as a forerunner of things to come. Many were saying that it was a disgrace for a married woman to work outside the home. It was her duty to take care of the house and her husband.
The talk had actually started among the women, one woman in particular, Dorcas Hayes, wife of Alphonso, was outraged. She had retired from teaching twenty years earlier when teachers were paid just fifteen dollars a month – the salary was now thirty-five dollars. She, as she reminded everyone within earshot, had taken her marriage vows seriously. Secretly, she hoped that no one would remember that she had also been pregnant at the time, a scandal when the woman taught in a church run school!
It didn’t take long for some of the men, with the encouragement of Alphonso, to join the cause. Who knew what ideas women would get in their heads if this was allowed to continue? Even Silas was being criticized for not exercising his authority as head of the household.
There were those in the community however, Eli and Mary among them,
who sided with the teacher. The education of their children, they felt was
more important and some even hinted that Dorcas was jealous and Alphonso henpecked.
The matter was settled quickly with the arrival of the priest two weeks later. Doubtless, he had heard about the division in the community, but he made no mention of it. In his homily during Mass however, he applauded Mrs. Walsh for her decision and reminded the congregation of their good fortune. The matter was never mentioned publicly again!

Embarrassing Simon

When Becky announced at supper one evening, that her sister Florence was coming for a visit in mid-January, all eyes turned towards Simon. The other boys laughed as his face reddened. Adam, enjoying his brother’s embarrassment, touched him on the shoulder. “That’s okay” he whispered, but loud enough for the others to hear, “I can sleep on the couch in the kitchen”. Simon made a swipe at him and Adam ran for the door with his brother close behind.
Simon caught up with him before he reached the road and wrested him to the ground. With Adam pinned and squirming, the tables were turned in his favour and Simon relaxed. Adam was made to apologize and promise never to embarrass him like that again. Suddenly, Simon saw two girls from Adam’s class stopped on the road near the house and grinned at his defenceless brother. “Maybe I should call Sarah and Minnie over” he grinned. “They might enjoy seeing you like this – maybe even have some ideas about how I should punish you“. Now it was Adam’s turn to blush but after much begging, he was allowed to go free, while Simon went searching for his buddies.

Simon Gets The Last Laugh

On the day before Florence’s arrival, Eli and Mary warned their other sons not to tease Simon while Becky’s sister was there. They need not have worried however as Simon had plans of his own. On the first night of her visit, and to everyone’s shock and surprise, he offered to show Florence around the community. They went out together every night of her four day visit, Simon; it appeared had gotten the last laugh!
TO BE CONTINUED - See Chapter Nine
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One.

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A Womans Place, Adam, Backlash, Bride, High School, Kingwell, Newfoundland, Priest, Teacher

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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 Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

I don't blame him for not wanting the girls to see him getting pounded. LOL

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Hi Jessica, thank you for continuing to follow and comment. I think that Adam is at an age when he would be very embarrassed for the girls to see him so helpless lol! Blessings friend.

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author avatar M G Singh
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Nice story in continuation

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Pleased that you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Another enjoyable part! Excellent story!

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
6th Mar 2015 (#)

this story is great it is keeping me interested

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

So pleased that you are enjoying it Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
6th Mar 2015 (#)

I am following the story. It's absorbing and beautifully presented as well. Keenly awaiting and looking forward to chapter-9.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh. Your comments are much appreciated. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Mar 2015 (#)

This story is different from others you have shared Kingwell. It is more entertaining too - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. I'm happy that you find it interesting. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
6th Mar 2015 (#)

I like the way you write, its so real.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I loved this chapter. Thanks for the smiles this morning. I had to smile when I read about good wives staying home. Life is just not like that anymore.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for following Nancy. It sure isn't like that anymore. How things can change in just one lifetime. Blessings.

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