Adam Chapter Thirteen

Kingwell By Kingwell, 13th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Having written the C.H.E. (Council Of Higher Education) exams Adam returns home to fish with his father during the summer. In August he learns that not only has he passed the exams but that he has won the District Government Scholarship.

Adam Writes The CHE exams

The summer of 1946 was one of the warmest on record in Newfoundland. Adam had spent the week of June 24 – 28 in Petersview writing the CHE exams, knowing that it would be near the end of august before he would know how he had fared. He was not worried though, as he felt confident and had always finished before the allotted time had expired. Stan and Sue Moores, with whom he had stayed, were pleased with his company and of course Baxter was always delighted to have his friend around. The two boys studied together and Adam helped Baxter to get a better comprehension of algebra. It felt good to be able to help a friend and when he saw his friend’s eyes light up with understanding, it was all the reward he needed. When the last exam had been written on Friday, the two friends had some time to relax as Adam would not be returning home until Sunday afternoon.
That night for the first time, they got into a conversation about religion, although they had to keep their voices down, as Stan and Sue, like Adam’s parents had no opinion outside of the church’s teachings. Baxter found Adam’s ideas to be intriguing as he’d never really thought about such things before. The mere fact that there were billions of people in the world, made it seem pretty far-fetched that only members of the Catholic Church could go to heaven.
Did the idea of heaven itself make any sense? It seemed that you were to spend your whole life doing what the church told you was right, and then go to heaven, where apparently, you did nothing but sit around in white robes singing and praising God for all eternity! The boys suddenly saw, in their mind’s eye, a picture of their fathers dressed in white robes and began to laugh hysterically.

Adam Wins A Scholarship.

On Sunday morning Stan and Sue insisted that the boys attend Mass with them. Adam looked at Baxter and whispered “just don’t picture your father dressed in a white robe and singing in the heavenly choir”. This set them into another fit of laughter until Stan admonished them about laughing, when they should be thinking about the sins they must confess to the priest, before receiving absolution and given penance, that they might be made worthy to receive the Holy Communion. Both boys stopped laughing then, and dutifully followed Baxter’s parents and siblings to the church.
Later that afternoon, Eli arrived to pick up Adam and the boys promised to keep in touch. With thoughts of attending Memorial College in St. John’s still uppermost in his mind, Adam spent very little of the money he made that summer. Getting a full share meant that he was treated as a man now and expected to do the work of a man. There was little leisure time as the men caught more codfish than ever before and often worked into the late evening before returning home tired and ready for bed. They must be up again at 4 AM. The time moved quickly and almost before Adam knew it the results of the exams he had written in June were released. He had not only passed all subjects but had an overall average of 92%, something unheard of for someone attending a one room school. Three days later he received word that he had won the electoral district scholarship of one hundred dollars. The following week he went to Petersview to open an account at the local branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

Adam And Mona Peddle

Winning the scholarship had given Adam renewed confidence and made him a bit of a celebrity in the community. Mrs. Walsh was of course very pleased too, as it added to her prestige as a teacher. Even Father Ryan congratulated the boy and would always smile and chat briefly when the two met. Adam continued to go to confession and attend Mass with his parents but when asked if he might conduct special services during the penitential season of Lent, when the priest would be busy elsewhere, the boy politely declined.
With the opening of school in September, the fifteen year old plunged into his school work with an even greater determination causing his parents to remember again the old adage about “all work and no play …”, but as Adam showed no symptoms of moodiness, but remained his same charming self, they eventually let the matter drop.

Nevertheless the couple were more than a little delighted when Adam and Mona Peddle, just a year younger than their son, and in grade nine, began spending some time together on weekends. It began with Mona coming to Adam’s house on Friday nights for help with her studies, but as the year progressed, it was obvious the two had become, if not sweethearts, at least good friends. They would study, sometimes at her house, but more often at Adam’s, when the night would always end with the young man walking Mona home. Later that spring they would also be seen together on Sunday evenings and many in the community began to think of them as a “couple“. Indeed Eli and Mary noted that the two appeared to look forward to their study time together and that Adam’s grades were not suffering.

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Adam, Celebrity, Confession, Confidence, Exams, Heaven, Kingwell, Laughter, Mass, Newfoundland And Labrador, Priest, Religion, Religion And Spirituality, Scholarship

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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
13th Mar 2015 (#)

Another great chapter!

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. You are usually the first to respond. Blessings.

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author avatar Eve Sherrill York
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Interesting.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Eve. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Uplifting story Kingwell, great going indeed for Adam. Good to see the spring in his steps as he realizes his potential - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
14th Mar 2015 (#)

There is something inside us that lights up when others notice our accomplishments. It is something that can be seen in the eyes and the quickened step...Well done Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Mar 2015 (#)

Very true Utah. Thank you for commenting. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
15th Mar 2015 (#)

great I like the idea of the discussion on religion

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Adam is a very deep thinker especially for someone his age. Thank you for continuing to follow. Blessings.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Wow you sure know how to write, it is my desire to write as well as you do.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Hi Yvette, Thank you for reading and for the compliment. I've never considered myself a good writer, in fact this is the only place I write now. Blessings

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, this was an excellent chapter. I feel like I know Adam and his family. I think he is brilliant. Blessings to you.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. It's nice that you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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