Adam Chapter Thirty-One

Kingwell By Kingwell, 25th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3yqc3g-z/
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Adam accepts George and Isabella's invitation to live with them for the remainder of his time at university. He also receives some sad news from home.

The Invitation.

George and Isabella Fox would turn seventy-two and seventy-one years old respectively in the fall of 1951. It should not have come as a surprise than, when in mid-July, they suggested to Adam that he not return to residence, but rather continue to live with them while completing his remaining years at Memorial. That night he talked it over with Mona and both agreed that it would be a Godsend for him. Their elderly friends both claimed that they needed someone to help with the chores, especially during the winter if they were to remain living in their home. Adam decided to accept the offer much to the delight of George and Isabella. The following day, Adam notified the university that he would not be returning to residence in September. There was no penalty as there was always a waiting list of applicants. That Isabella and George were delighted by his decision was clear by the way their eyes sparkled in fact their whole demeanor had changed as if a great weight had been lifted from their shoulders. Observing this change, Adam knew that his decision had been the right one and determined to keep their spirits high.

Letters From Mark

Mark had written him on two occasions and it was clear that Adam’s influence had not been lost upon the boy. He had talked to the teacher about the travelling library and he had promised to have everything in place by September. Mark was already talking about attending university when he graduated high school. Adam wrote back about all the things that were happening with him and encouraged Mark in his plans. He knew it shouldn’t be all work though and developed a game that they could play in their letters to each other. Soon he was receiving mail from the fourteen year old, (Mark had recently celebrated his birthday) on a weekly basis.
The summer passed quickly and soon Adam was once again engrossed in his studies. His marks from last year had been such that it appeared almost certain that he would be on the dean’s list when it was released in the second semester. As the year 1951 drew to a close, his 97.8 average did nothing but reinforce the likelihood. He often discussed the lectures with George, whose mind appeared to be as bright as ever, and who looked forward to playing the devil’s advocate. Adam loved it and noted that his marks had actually gone up from the year before.

Sad News From Home

A letter from home in mid-December brought some sad news. His old friend Baxter from Petersview, had died after a bout with pneumonia. He had taken ill, three weeks earlier but the only doctor in the area, had been called away to the other side of the bay on an emergency, and Baxter’s health had deteriorated quickly. By the time the doctor was able to see him, it was too late and a few hours later he was dead. Although he hadn’t seen Baxter in more than two years, Adam was shocked and felt completely helpless. He thought of Baxter’s parents Stan and Sue, and wondered how they were coping. The Foxs were understanding and listened attentively knowing that more than anything, Adam needed to talk. He called Mona, giving her the news. She immediately recognized his bewilderment and getting a friend to change shifts with her, soon joined him at the Foxs home where she too spent the night, sleeping in the upstairs room that had been used by Adam‘s parents.
It was 2 AM before Adam retired to bed and when he did sleep, it was to dream of Baxter. They were walking along the main road in Petersview when suddenly Baxter began to fall behind. Adam tried waiting for him but his friend kept getting further and further behind. Suddenly he realized that Baxter was speaking to him, but somehow the voice seemed to be coming from above his head. “You must come back some day”, the voice was saying, “Come back and help your people, stop this from happening to another“. Adam sat bolt upright, certain that Baxter was there in the room. It was 5Am but there was no more sleep for him. Quietly he dressed and went into the kitchen to make some coffee. Mona joined him an hour later, somehow knowing that this was a turning point in their lives. They sat together in silence as the moments ticked away on the old grandfather clock in the corner, and the first rays of dawn appeared in the eastern sky. At last Adam spoke “someday when I’ve finished my medical training, I must go back home and set up a clinic or lobby for a hospital, it’s a promise I made to Baxter“. Mona squeezed his hand, “ I knew you would” she said softly, “it’s what I’ve always wanted as well.
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Thirty-Two
Read From The Beginning See Chapter One

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Adam, Birthday, Dawn, Devils Advocate, Dream, Emergency, Godsend, Grandfather Clock, Kingwell, Newfoundland And Labrador Pneumonia

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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
25th Apr 2015 (#)

Great post. Thank you so much for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Joyesh. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Keep the great work coming!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
26th Apr 2015 (#)

I love this young couple

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Nice depiction

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar WOGIAM
26th Apr 2015 (#)

How touching, i hope Adam is able to fulfill his dream of setting up a clinic back in his home town.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Wogiam. Blessings.

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author avatar wonder
26th Apr 2015 (#)

So vividly described. Liked reading the sentences.
A similar situation here with a student like Adam doing some chores and living with a couple who are not so able.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you wonder. Happy you are enjoying the story. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Giving back to society we grow up with should never be forgotten; charity begins at home. Baxter knows Adam's potential and has blessed him. Uplifting post Kingwell despite some rough ride but that is part and parcel of life - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always. I love Adam and Mona. They are such good people. Kingwell, this is story writing at it's very best. Your talent is amazing. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy - now please don''t make my head swell lol! Blessings to you my friend.

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