Adam - Chapter Seven

Kingwell By Kingwell, 4th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Becky and Adam become friends. A sudden marriage announcement surprises everyone in the community.

The New Daughter-In-Law

The Murphy family returned to Little Valley on the twenty-fourth, bringing with them their new daughter-in-law. Lawrence came too, although he would have to return the following afternoon as work on the room started at 6 AM on Monday morning.
It would be another two or three months before he would be returning home for the winter.
Adam would be back in the fishing boat with his father and Simon on Monday as well, giving Mary and Becky some time to get better acquainted. Mary, of course could hardly contain her joy, at having the company of her daughter-in-law while the men were out fishing, and despite their age differences, the two quickly became fast friends. Soon other women and girls began dropping by to meet Lawrence’s “women” and to welcome her to the tiny community. Although she missed Lawrence terribly and looked forward to his homecoming every Saturday, her new in-laws made her feel very much at home.
The older boys had been a little shy at first, but before long were treating her as one of their own. Shamus and Peter even began calling her “sis” and eventually even Simon stopped blushing at the thought that Becky might be washing his underclothes. Mom and dad, as she called Mary and Eli, were also delighted to see how quickly Becky was becoming one of the families.

Becky And Adam Become Friends

Like all young women of the day, Becky was adept at the various household chores, and when all the washing, scrubbing and cooking had been done, there were always mitts, socks and sweaters to knit for the winter. October found Mary working on a patchwork quilt while Becky was hooking a mat for the kitchen floor.
Adam, always the quiet one in the family, was nevertheless pleased to see that his mother now had someone to help with the housework. Probably because he was the youngest, he had always felt close to his mother and worried that she was working too hard. Now, he would often put down the schoolbook he was reading, and listen happily, as Becky and his mother worked together on making supper or shared a laugh over something that had happened earlier that day.
Eventually, Adam too was relaxed around his sister in-law, and the two became good friends. Sensing that he was quieter and more sensitive than most boys, she would soon become his confidant when he felt unsure of himself, or wondered why he was sometimes uncomfortable in a group, even among boys of his age.

Getting Firewood For The Winter

Lawrence returned home in October and the men turned their attention to getting firewood for the winter. They had a camp at Pollock Cove where there was an abundance of trees for firewood and it was there that Eli and his sons
spent the last week in October, leaving Adam and the women to take care of things at home.
Returning from school each afternoon, he would chop the great chunks of wood and carry it inside until the old wood box was filled, almost to overflowing. He would then take the two water buckets and walk the ten minutes to the well that they shared with four other families. After five trips, the water barrel that was kept by the side of the house was full, and he replaced the cover laying a large rock on the top, in case a high wind would come up during the night.
His father and brothers returned home on Saturday with a boatload of wood, and after subsequent trips, the twenty plus foot logs would be piled high around the house.

A Well Kept Secret Is Revealed.

Even in communities as small as Little Valley, it was possible to keep a secret. This became evident a few days before Christmas with the marriage of Miss Simms, the schoolteacher, and the one confirmed bachelor in Little Valley, 54 year old Silas Walsh!
Although the teacher had been boarding with Silas’s sister and her husband, the two were never connected as Silas had made nightly visits to his sister’s house since their mother died five years earlier.
Father Walsh made the announcement during Sunday Mass and the couple were married the following Friday. There had been a few raised eyebrows when Silas and Miss Simms had entered the church with his sister and brother-in-law on Sunday, especially when Silas, who usually stayed in the back of the church, now sat in the front seat with the others, no one however, had expected this!
The wedding was the talk of the town for weeks afterwards, and although it was a quiet wedding with no dance and just a supper with his sister and four brothers and their families, the church itself had been filled to capacity.
Adam remembered his parents joking about the disappointment on the faces of the town’s three best known gossips. All was not lost however; as a rumour quickly began circulating that the two had been sleeping together for months!
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Eight.
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Adam, Bachelor, Daughter-In-Law, Family, Friends, Friendship, Gossip, Kingwell, Marriage, Newfoundland, Surprise, Teacher, 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 Sivaramakrishnan A
4th Mar 2015 (#)

I really enjoy this story Kingwell and ponder over lives that were lived quite unlike what I see now. Time is running faster now with our attention span getting shorter! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It was a very different time and yet just a few short years ago. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Love the story it is progressing well

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol, so happy that you are following. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
4th Mar 2015 (#)

I wonder if the rumor is true!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting Jessica and I guess we will never know about the rumor lol! Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Small town are like that...A good story is forming before our eyes.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
5th Mar 2015 (#)

What an enjoyment to read, I can't believe what the town gossipers where saying. Awesome work!

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. There is always gossip especially in small communities. Blessings.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
5th Mar 2015 (#)

The story is well told. I can easily understand what the characters are doing.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you nc. Although I still have no pictures I am trying to at least make paragraphs. Thank you too for your suggestions earlier and I hope my work will improve. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
5th Mar 2015 (#)

Miss Simms and old Silas eh, you came up with some good names for your characters here Kingwell.

The story is moving along now, like a serial.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I really like this story. I liked the detail that you put into cutting wood for winter. I liked the part about filling the water barrel too. Five trips is a lot. Sometimes I forget that there are people that still live like this today. I'm used to turning on the faucet and washing clothes in the laundry room. I had to smile at the rumors. That is one thing I don't like about small towns. Everybody knows everything. Miss Simms should have married someone her own age. But what do I know. LOL Great writing.

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. I am pleased that you are reading and enjoying this story. I agree about the small towns but of course there are advantages too. Silas may seem a bit old at fifty-four but remember Miss Simms wasn't a young women either. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, how old is Miss Simms?

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Mar 2015 (#)

We are told in Chapter Three that Miss Simms was 40 years old when she first came to Little Valley. In those times it wasn't unusual for a man to 12 -15 years older than his wife, Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
18th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Kingwell.

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