Adam Chapter Eleven

Kingwell By Kingwell, 9th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam's parents become concerned with his hermit like ways and decide to have him accessed by the local doctor.

A Yearning.

As usual, school posed no great problem for Adam and the idea of writing public exams the following year did not daunt him. He remained aloof from those of his own age however, and was often lonely. At times he felt a longing for something, but could not express what it was. Perhaps he was meant to be born somewhere else he sometimes thought, but then wondered why he would think such a thing. He loved his parents, although love was not a word used very much among them, he felt it though, and knew that was what mattered most.
More and more he engrossed himself in his books until sometimes the characters appeared more real than those who intermingled with him in real life. Realizing that this was something that might be difficult to discuss with his parents, he once again turned to Becky who quickly assured him that he was not mad, but encouraged him to finish high school and find his place in the bigger world that few in Little valley knew anything about.

The New House

Lawrence and Becky were hoping to move into their new house later that fall, a house that had cost him less than one hundred dollars! Together with his father and brothers, he had cut the necessary logs at Pollock Cove and taken them to the saw mill in Petersview, where they were sawed on the halves, meaning that the sawmill owner took half the logs as payment. When Lawrence began building his house, about a hundred feet from the one in which he had been born, neighbours quickly turned up to offer a hand. Becky couldn’t believe how fast the house was going up and both she and Mary had mixed emotions about them moving out and into their new home. The relationship between the two had remained close and Mary thought of how she would miss the twin boys, who were now more than six months old. Eli reminded the women one evening, when they were discussing the move, that they would be living just a hundred feet apart! Try as he might though, he could not convince them that their lives would not be changed forever.
Lawrence had decided the previous spring to build a small boat and try his hand at fishing single-handedly. The move had been a good one and at the end of the season, he’d made some three hundred dollars more than he would have earned working on the room. Both Becky and his mother were concerned about his fishing alone however, and were pleased when sixteen year old Allister Barnes, agreed to go share man with him the following spring.

More Changes

Adam, like the rest of the family helped Lawrence and Becky move into their new home in early December, and he too missed the twins around the house. He noted that Becky appeared to be pregnant again but that she was as cheerful as ever. Both Shamus and Peter had steady girlfriends now and Adam knew that more changes to their household would be coming in the months ahead.
The flu which made its appearance every fall and carried off the weakest in the small community had claimed five victims that year, three men and two women all but one in their late sixties. The one was thirty-five year old Solomon Jones, who many had described as having had one foot in the grave for the past six years.
Adam didn’t attend any of the funerals but the sound of the church bell tolling, always left him in a thoughtful and subdued mood. He wondered at the fleetingness of life and if there was any meaning to it at all. When he mentioned this to his mother, her response was simply to say that he was too young to be thinking about such things and that he should go out and have fun, not sit around the house thinking so much.

Dr. Adams

Adam’s one outlet besides books and the news, was to listen to part of a hockey game once a week (the full game wasn’t broadcast), though he also liked visiting with Becky and playing with the twins. While his parents were proud of their son’s good grades in school, they were also becoming increasingly concerned about his hermit like ways which they had accepted when he was younger, but now felt wasn't normal for a boy of his age. Consequently, Eli proposed taking him to see old Dr. Adams in Petersview.
The doctor chatted privately with Eli for a few minutes than asked him to wait outside while he met with Adam. As usual Adam was relaxed and talkative in a one on one chat, particularly with an older man. For once the good doctor was having a slow day and spent more than the usual time with the boy listening and nodding.
Since the following day was a Saturday and his clinic wasn’t open, it came as a surprise to both Adam and his father when the doctor said he would like to see him again the following day, and asked if there was somewhere that Adam could stay overnight. Adam immediately though of Baxter and Eli agreed to speak to Stan and Sue who were delighted to have Adam spend the night with them.

Staying With Baxter

Baxter too was happy to see his friend and after Eli had left, they immediately sat down for a game of checkers while waiting for Sue to finish cooking supper. Adam had arrived on a night when a movie (or show as it was locally called) was being shown in the new theater. A crowd was already waiting outside when Baxter and Adam arrived. Since the boys were under sixteen admission was just fifteen cents, compared to the twenty-five cents charged for adults.
You could hear a pin drop even during the newsreel that preceded every movie. Finally came the main event and everyone watched in awe as Hopalong Cassidy, played by William Boyd, rounded up all the crooks and turned them over to the local sheriff before riding off into the sunset.
The boys talked for most of the night, finally falling to sleep around 3 AM. Baxter was much like Adam in that he was quieter than most boys his age, but also had a good sense of humour and no interest at all in knowing about the meaning of life. He confessed to Adam that he had a crush on a girl in his class but he always acted goofy around her and was sure that she would never go out with him. In any case, he was certain that he would never get up the nerve to ask her.

The Doctor Is Impressed

Doctor Adams appeared in a good mood as he invited Adam into his office the following morning. Relaxing in his oversized chair, he asked Adam question after question, sometimes appearing amused, at other times deep in thought. Two hours later, they were talking like old friends and when Eli arrived to pick up his son, the doctor appeared sorry to see their conversation end.
This time he did not dismiss Adam as he spoke to his father but laying a hand on the boy’s shoulder, he looked Eli in the eye. “There is nothing wrong with your son”, he assured the older man, “except that he is far too bright to be cooped up in a small outport with a one room school“. He paused for a moment before continuing. “ I’ve spend more than fifty years doctoring the people on this coast, and never in all that time, have I had a more interesting conversation than in the past two hours. See that he finishes high school, I’ll help myself if necessary – that boy belongs at Harvard“!
TO BE CONTINUED - See Chapter Twelve
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Adam, Boat, Books, Flu, Funerals, Harvard, Kingwell, Newfoundland And Labrador, The Doctor Is Impressed

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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
10th Mar 2015 (#)

You are cranking them out! Fantastic!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica and you are a loyal follower. Blessings.

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author avatar sarosh
10th Mar 2015 (#)

nice article...go on

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
10th Mar 2015 (#)

that sounds like a very nice old doctor, I wish my doctor would spend two hours with me sometimes to talk things over too. They must have so much experience to give out to people if they had more time to talk to them.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you spirited. Not to take anything away from today's doctors but many of the old timers were different. Of course Adam was fortunate to have caught him at a slow time as there weren't many of them. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Mar 2015 (#)

wow thinks are looking up for Adam. I am happy

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol and I hope you continue reading. Blessings

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author avatar Retired
12th Mar 2015 (#)

That is a very nice doctor, two hours spend with Adam, boy things have changed nowadays! Awesome story!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Mar 2015 (#)

In my younger days doctors relied more on personal touch and observation for symptoms of illness than more on machines like now. Maybe they were more humane!

Thanks Kingwell for sharing a lovely and lively story with promise of bigger things going the way of young Adam. I am reminded of Bill Gates's parents having similar worries! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Things were different back then. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
13th Mar 2015 (#)

I am also happy for Adam...Well written.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah. So pleased that you are following. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I absolutely loved this chapter! For one I knew there was nothing wrong with Adam and for two can you just imagine moving away and still being close by. I love the fact that the mother-in-law is so close to her daughter-in-law. What a blessing that is. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy! Blessings.

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