Adam Chapter Six

Kingwell By Kingwell, 26th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam attends the wedding ceremony and dance at Petersview. He also makes a new friend.

Lawrence Is Reprimanded By The Parish Priest.

If Lawrence had found it difficult to tell his father that his girlfriend was having a baby, it was nothing compared to how they both felt, about making such a disclosure to the Parish Priest! Since Becky was not a member of his flock however, she need not have worried. It was Lawrence who was to feel the full blunt of the good Father’s wrath.

Pacing his study as he talked, the short, balding, priest spent the next ten minutes reminding the young man of his Catholic upbringing, and how the church took a very dim view of pre martial sex. Eventually however, he calmed down and agreed to discuss their marriage plans. Turning to Becky, Father Ryan asked if she was planning to convert to Catholicism. Upon learning that such was her intent, his mood seemed to improve.

The Marriage Ceremony

A few weeks later, with Becky having been properly instructed in the tenets of Roman Catholicism, baptized into that faith, and now a full communicant in the church, the priest was in good humour and even jocular with the young couple. After hearing their confession the previous Sunday, he had also agreed to celebrate the Mass at their marriage ceremony.

There was little wonder though, that Lawrence still appeared nervous as he stood next to the priest awaiting the arrival of his bride. Adam turned to face the doorway, as did the entire congregation when Becky entered the church. Looking at his sister-in-law to be as she walked up the aisle on the arm of her father, he had to admit that she was beautiful. The priest spoke kindly to the couple as he guided them through the ceremony, finally pronouncing them husband and wife.

Some ten minutes later a smiling Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Murphy walked hand in hand to the back of the church, where they stopped to receive the congratulations of family and friends. Later there would be a supper for family and close friends at Becky’s parents’ house and still later a dance in the parish hall to which everyone who cared to attend, were invited.

Petersview

Stan and Sue Moores, with whom Eli, Mary and Adam were staying, had a family of seven girls and two boys. Pius, their first born, was married with a family of three girls and two boys, and another baby on the way. Two of their daughters were married and living Petersview, while the oldest girl had gone to Boston to work as a maid, with a Newfoundland couple who had moved there more than twenty years before, and were now said to be “filthy rich”. The youngest girl was eleven and the others in their mid to late teens. Baxter was Adam’s age and happy to show his new friend around town, promising to have him back in time for the family get-together.

Petersview had a population of more than 2000 and Adam, felt as if he was living in a city. There were four churches and four schools in the town as the denominational school system meant that each church had its own school. Both the Roman Catholic and Church of England had five room schools; there was also a three room United Church school and a two room Salvation Army school.

The community also boasted four large general stores and several smaller ones. There was even talk that the Wakeham family might be building a movie theatre the following spring. Adam wondered what it would be like to attend the five room Catholic school which Baxter had told him, boasted a library of some three hundred books.

The Square Dance

Adam and Baxter returned to the Drover home, where Baxter was invited to stay for the supper. The two had become good friends and after they’d eaten slipped outside once again. They would later meet up with some of Baxter’s other friends and eventually turn up at the parish hall where the dance was in full swing.

None of the boys would join in the dance but just sit together and watch. The square dance that was common in outport Newfoundland at the time had music supplied by someone playing a button accordion, and often required more energy than a hard day’s work. Although some girls as young as thirteen joined in the dance, being invited by the young men, none of the boys did. The reasons were clear, most didn’t have the courage to ask a girl to dance, and also because of the teasing they would get from their peers later.

Adam watched as Lawrence and Becky and his older brothers and their partners, joined in the jigs and reels and was happy to see that they were having a good time, although he thought Simon appeared a bit self-conscious as he danced with Becky’s fourteen year old sister Florence. He also noticed that the girl stuck close to a clearly uncomfortable Simon, even when they weren’t dancing. Smiling to himself, he filed the scene away for when they returned home.

The Boys Have A little Fun

Lawrence and Becky left around 2am and his mother and father left with Stan and Sue a little later. Adam and Baxter convinced their parents to let them stay until the dance was over. Adam was more than a little amused to see that Simon appeared unable to get away from Florence and knew that she fully expected for him to walk her home. He let Baxter in on what was happening, and the fact that Simon had never dated a girl before. Grinning, the two agreed to follow the couple home.

By 3am, most of the people had left and there was a debate over whether there should be one more dance. A few wanted to end the party with the Virginia reel, but since so many had gone home it was called off and everyone left. Baxter and Adam followed far enough behind Simon and Florence so as not to be seen, but with a winding road, they were sometimes close enough to hear them talking – not that Simon was saying much as Adam noted. Neither did he stay long at the door but soon was clearly relieved to be walking across the yard to the house where he was to spend the night.

The two boys ran most of the way home, arriving in good spirits at 3.45 am. They quietly entered the house and made their way to Baxter’s bedroom where a double bed awaited them. The two friends climbed under the covers where whispering and suppressed laughter, coupled with attempts to push each other out of the bed, could be heard for the next hour. Finally the two fell asleep and the house lay quiet.
TO BE CONTINUED - See Chapter Seven

Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Adam, Baby, Bride And Groom, Congratuations, Family, Girlfriend, Kingwell, Marriage, Mass, Newfoundland, Parish Priest, Squrare Dance, 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 Carol Roach
26th Feb 2015 (#)

it seems an awful lot of grocery stores for a town of 2,000

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. you have to remember that we are thinking like Adam now and what he considered a large store would not seem very big to us. Also everything had to be bought in the community, even mail order didn't make it's appearance until later. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Feb 2015 (#)

it is a good story though

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author avatar Utah Jay
26th Feb 2015 (#)

I have been catching up on my reading now that I have my computer back, I really like this story. Great work Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah Jay. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
27th Feb 2015 (#)

This is an awesome story, how nice it will be to able to see it in a movie!

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Feb 2015 (#)

I felt like I too was at the wedding Kingwell, and a night to remember for Adam too; great story telling taking us to those times - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva and although it isn't an autobiography, it's the way things were in my youth. Blessings.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Parties become more interesting if like minded people are gathered and communication at the right level.

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Md and I agree with you comment. I'm very pleased that you are following this story. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Great article and well written.

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you norlaw. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
16th Mar 2015 (#)

I love weddings and I personally feel this one turned out well. I think Simon will be teased about Florence. That made me smile.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks Nancy. Such are the ways of the young but we will learn more about Simon later. Blessings.

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