Adam - Chapter Five

Kingwell By Kingwell, 24th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam's brother Lawrence and his pregnant girlfriend make plans to get married. Adam is pleased that he is considered too young to be in the wedding party.

'Doing The Right Thing'

Eli and Mary Murphy were well aware that their son Lawrence had a girlfriend in Petersview. After all he had been writing and receiving what they presumed to be love letters, with every mail delivery since he returned home in early December. They were not however, prepared for the news that he brought home just seven weeks after returning to work on Wakeham’s Room. It was an unexpected visit one Saturday evening in mid-June, just as the family were sitting down for supper. Mary quickly set a place for the nineteen year old while his father and siblings expressed their surprise and delight at his presence. As soon as the meal was over, Lawrence and Eli took a walk down to the wharf. Peter, Shamus and Simon quickly excused themselves, leaving Adam, who was usually behind, to finish the meal with his mother, who had been busy taking care of her men folk. It was with some hesitancy that Lawrence finally got around to telling his father that he and his girlfriend Becky Drover, had to get married, that she was (in the words said to have been made acceptable by Queen Victoria herself) “knocked up”. Eli was silent for a moment, yet there was no doubt in his mind, but that Lawrence must “do the right thing”. Finally he asked where and when they planned to marry and where they would live afterward. Relieved, that his father wasn‘t “about to disown him“, Lawrence replied that they would marry in the Catholic Church at Petersview, but weren’t sure where they would be living. Sixteen year old Becky, whose parents were Church of England, said that while her parents had been upset at first, they had liked Lawrence from the beginning. He also said that he and Becky were meeting with Father Ryan at the parsonage on Monday night, and that they hoped to marry before the end of August. While Lawrence and his mother never spoke of the matter, Mary had tears in her eyes as she hugged her son the next morning. A week later, a letter arrived saying that they were to marry on July 23, at 7PM. Lawrence also asked if he and Becky could live with his parents in Little Valley until they were able to build a house of their own. Having raised six sons, Mary was delighted at the prospect of having her daughter-in-law live in the house with them; the only problem was where would everyone sleep? Peter and Shamus agreed to give their brother and sister-in-law the room where all three boys had slept and they would get another bed and sleep in the parlour, as the room was rarely used anyway.

Plans For A Wedding.

Adam in the meantime, learned the story from Simon later that first night. Lawrence and the older brothers had talked freely after their father had returned to the house. Simon laughed as Adam’s face reddened after being told that Becky was “knocked up”. He knew that his younger brother would have heard about sex from the older boys, as had he and generations before them. It would have been unthinkable for a father to discuss it with his sons, such things just didn’t happen, and no one saw any reason for it to change. Simon, who at fifteen had never dated a girl himself, said no more about the matter. Adam was excited to learn the following week that they would all be travelling to Petersview for the wedding and not at all disappointed to be told that while his older brothers would be part of the wedding party, he was thought to be too young. He just couldn’t imagine walking in church with a girl, nor did he want to think about the teasing that he would get later! School closed for the summer holidays on the twenty-third of June and as expected Adam was promoted once again. The following day he again took his place beside his father and Simon in the fishing boat. He became a teenager on the fourth of July that year, but apart from some ribbing from his mother to “watch out for the girls’ and the usual bumps from his friends that evening, the day passed without incident. Having to get up early was a good excuse for him not to hang out with the crowd later, but Adam also knew that he didn’t want to be part of the horseplay that sometimes went on in the late evenings of summer. It bothered him sometimes and he wondered why he wasn’t like the other boys his age. He much preferred listening to his parents talking about things that happened when they were growing up, or telling stories that they had heard from their parents and grandparents. Adam had not known any of his grandparents, the last, his mother’s father, having died just six months before he was born. Eli and his family had been invited to stay with friends in Petersview on the weekend of the wedding and they gladly accepted accommodations for themselves and Adam. The older boys, being part of the wedding party were staying with Lawrence’s future in-laws. Adam felt a little uncomfortable in the new suit and shoes that his parents had bought him for the occasion but at least none of his classmates were there to see him. In church he sat next to his parents and noting the nervousness of his brother, the groom, vowed that he was never going to marry!
TO BE CONTINUED
Read from the beginning - see Chapter One

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Adam, Brother, Church Of England, December, Exciting Times, Father And Son, Girlfriend, Girlfriends Family, Kingwell, Priest, Roman Catholic Church, Wedding

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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 akram saqib
24th Feb 2015 (#)

sir,your writings are really interesting and express experience.

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you akram for reading and commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
25th Feb 2015 (#)

You've the makings of a writer, but kindly improve organization; divide article into capsules with unique bold sub-titles to improve traffic, and add free pictures from commons wikimedia and other sources. Pictures speak.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you nc. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Good post. Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
25th Feb 2015 (#)

excellent story but a lot gets lost because it is all one big clump of information, please make paragraphs

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Point is well taken. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Wow, what an awesome story you have written! Adam seems like a bright young man.

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
25th Feb 2015 (#)

You're welcome, blessings to you too! I'll be waiting to see if he gets married, regardless, what he vowed.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Feb 2015 (#)

a fascinating tale you tell my friend...as all yours are...thank you....

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carolina my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Like in earlier stories you have taken me to those times Kingwell, another beautiful story - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent chapter. I loved the writing and the details. I think the details make the story. I feel like I know Adam. I would have been thankful that I didn't have to be in the wedding. I like this family. They are kind hearted and loving. It shows in everything that they do.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. Blessings.

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