Adam Chapter Thirty-Four

Kingwell By Kingwell, 8th May 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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After many years of hard work, Adam and Mona see their dream become a reality.

Adam's Convocation.

Adam walked onto the stage in cap and gown to receive his degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honors) and later Bachelor of Science (Honors), both times to the thunderous applause of the crowned auditorium. Beaming from their seats, just two rows behind the assembled candidates sat his parents, Eli and Mary Murphy, those whom he considered his adopted parents, George and Isabella Fox and his fiancée Mona Peddle. Adam had given Mona an engagement ring the day before, on the anniversary of their first date. After the ceremonies at the university, all six sat down to dinner at the Newfoundland Hotel, courtesy of the Foxs.
Eli and Mary were in St. John’s for three more days and Adam decided to make the most of it. They visited the museum on Duckworth Street, attended mass at the Basilica, and rode the train to Holyrood where George and Isabella waited to bring them home in their New Oldsmobile. He also took them to see where Good Luck margarine, a product known throughout all Newfoundland was made. Operated by the Crosby family, it was often referred to as the Butterine factory. He did not forget the Brookfield Ice cream factory where he worked every summer and where the management insisted on giving his parents a tour of the premises.
At last the day came for them to join the coastal boat for the trip back to Little Valley. Adam and Mona had promised that they would be home for their annual visit in August, before Adam left for Montreal and McGill University. As Adam hugged and kissed his parents after carrying their luggage unto the boat and to their living quarters, he noticed that his father returned the hug as naturally as if he’d been doing it all his life. He smiled as his mind went back to that night in the hospital when he’d taken them all by surprise by breaking the taboo against fathers and sons showing such familiarity.
Later that day Adam’s thoughts turned to the Foxs and he introduced them to a young man, Jordan Wilkinson, who lived about a twenty minute walk from their house. Adam knew Jordan from MUN, where he’d just completed his first year and was confident that he would be the ideal person to help take care of George and Isabella. The decision of course would be theirs but Adam saw very quickly that they were as impressed with Jordan as he had been. Before the visit was over, he knew that the decision to hire the young man had already been made, though neither of them said so.

Summer Fun.

The following Monday Adam returned to his summer job at Brookfield Ice Cream and life took on a more relaxed atmosphere. As the days grew longer and the last of the snow disappeared, he and Mona went for long drives, each keenly aware of the separation that awaited them in the fall. They decided however to make this summer a special one by spending as much time together as possible. With the opening of Bowering Park, they once again spent many hours there, often relaxing with a picnic lunch. For the first time since she had been at the Grace Hospital, Mona didn’t work on Regatta Day and the two regaled in the festivities of the oldest continuous sporting event in North America.
Just one week later, they were off to Little Valley, this time for just ten days, as Adam would be leaving for McGill on the twenty-ninth. Both agreed that it felt good to be home and Adam even spent two days in the fishing boat with Shamus. One day upon returning from one of their outings, he was surprised to find his father busy helping set the table for supper. Later he was to learn that his mom and dad often did the dishes together, something that had started after their latest trip to St. John’s. Mona noted that her dad and Stepmother also seemed happy together, although Sophie would never allow a man near her kitchen!
Spending a few hours visiting their brothers and sisters and their families meant that the time went by quickly. Simon and Sadie were now living in their own house and had two month old twin boys who were the joy of their lives, while Peter and Mavis were the proud parents of a baby girl, just six weeks old. The other nieces and nephews were much older and attending school. Adam admitted to Mona that this visit home, more than any previous one had made him feel old. He rarely recognized the young people who roamed the roads at night when he walked Mona home, and who always addressed him as “sir”.

Adam's First Flight

Back in St. John’s with just four days before Adam must leave for Montreal, time flew by as in a whirlwind. He and Mona saw one last movie, ate dinner together at their favourite restaurant and dined with George and Isabella, once again at the Newfoundland Hotel. When Mona was working, he spent time with the Foxs and wrote his second letter to Mark in less than a week. The teenager wanted to come to St. John’s to see Adam before he left the province, but such a trip was not in the cards, and he had to make do with a promise that they would continue to communicate while Adam was at McGill. Mark’s enthusiasm for his studies had not dampened since he had met Adam, and from his letters, it seemed that his marks, now in the high eighties and nineties had also influenced his friends at school. The boy had also told Adam that he now had a girlfriend and wanted their relationship to be one of mutual respect like that of Adam and Mona.
Jordan, who was now assured of his job with the Foxs, also came over and was invited to stay for dinner. After they’d eaten Adam insisted that Isabella retire to the living room with her husband, while he and Jordan cleared the table and washed, dried and put away the dishes. At eight-thirty, Adam left to pick up Mona while dropping Jordan off at his girlfriend’s house on the way. This was to be their last night together, at least until Christmas, and neither of them wanted it to end. They agreed to write every day but knew they must confine their telephone conversations to one call a week and a time limit of fifteen minutes. Both knew that the separation would not be easy but were sure too that their love was strong enough to meet this or any other situation.
As George parked his car at the Torbay Airport the following day, Adam was looking at the Airplane that he would soon be boarding. It was to be his first flight and he confessed to a little nervousness. Presenting his ticket and getting his boarding pass, he turned for one more embrace from the Foxs, who had tears in their eyes, and from Mona who was fighting to hold back her tears. He assured her that time would go quickly and before they knew it, Christmas would be here. With one last wave he walked up the steps to the plane. The three huddled together as they watched the Trans Canada Airlines plane soar into the sky and finally disappear from sight.
 

Epilogue

Adam spent the next five years at McGill university graduating in 1959 with an M.D., F.R.C.P ©. He returned to St. John’s that first Christmas and summer, where he once again stayed with George and Isabella Fox and worked for Brookfield Ice Cream. In August, as was their custom, they travelled to Little Valley where they once again spent ten days. When Adam returned to McGill, Mona went with him having accepted a position at Montreal’s General Hospital. There they remained for the next four years. After Adam’s graduation they returned to St. John where both worked at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital for another five years. Adam and Mona married in 1960 at St. John’s. Father Joseph Murphy officiated with George and Isabella Fox as witnesses. The next day they left for Little Valley where they celebrated with their family and friends in the traditional outport way of a supper and dance in the school. Nine years later they opened a clinic in Petersview, in the same spot where the late Dr. Adams had operated from. The original building had been torn down when the good doctor passed away in 1954 and it became clear that no one was about to take his place. The new clinic was large and Adam had convinced two other doctors and nurses to join them. The facility was a godsend to the people of the area and eventually a new modern hospital was built just twenty miles away. Having seen their dream become a reality and both in good health Adam and Mona continue to work among the people they love. Recently they celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary surrounded by their three children and six grandchildren.
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author avatar Retired
9th May 2015 (#)

Another great chapter Kingwell. Hats off to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
9th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. You have been a loyal follower. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
9th May 2015 (#)

What a happy ending to this captivating story. All good things come to an end and I hope this also signals a new beginning! Keep them coming without fail, dear Kingwell, you are a great writer capturing the emotions - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
9th May 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. You have been a loyal follower of this story. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
11th May 2015 (#)

Great story!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th May 2015 (#)

Thank you CM. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
12th May 2015 (#)

lovely, I got my bachelor of arts from Concordia University and my masters of counselling psychology at McGill

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author avatar Kingwell
12th May 2015 (#)

You are a well educated individual my friend. I have little beyond high school. The school of life is a good teacher though, especially if one has a thirst for knowledge. Thank you for following to the end. Blessings.

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author avatar Dawn143
19th Aug 2015 (#)

Another great chapter! I've been gone for some time from the site, but it's always lovely to see such great writing when I return..

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Dawn and welcome back to wikinut! Blessings.

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