Adam Chapter Thirty.

Kingwell By Kingwell, 23rd Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam gets a car and a drivers license but is concerned over the price of gas.

Summer Job

With the university year over, Adam once again moved in with George and Isabella, who were clearly excited at his arrival. He also returned to his summer job with Brookfield Ice Cream and it felt good to be earning some money again. The weekly letters from his mother had resumed and were full of praise for Dr. Templeton’s work as Eli claimed to be able to see as well as he could ten years earlier. It was from one of those letters that Adam learned that Father Ryan was leaving for a parish in Conception Bay and that a new priest was being sent to the parish of Petersview. Father Ryan had been the priest in his home town since he was born and his mother had seemed excited that they were finally getting someone new.
Once again he thought of how the life of the little community was so wrapped up in the church. Though many of the adults could neither read nor write, one would be hard pressed to find anyone who did not know all the Saint’s Days or could not recite the Latin Mass by rote. Everyone fasted during the forty days of Lent leading up to Good Friday and Easter, though many had known little but poverty for most of their lives.

A Car For Adam

Out of the blue, one evening as they were finishing dinner, George offered to buy Adam a car and teach him to drive. The young man could not believe what he was hearing, but realizing his friend’s earnestness he quickly refused such a benevolent offer. They had already done so much for him, he stated, that he would not take further advantage of their generosity. George and Isabella however, expecting his refusal, had no intention of giving up so easily. For the time being however, they let it rest.
Mona too was surprised when Adam told her of the proffer, and agreed with him that it would be taking advantage of the elderly couple’s generosity. A week later, however, the Foxs made their second move. George announced that he was buying a new car and was giving Adam the opportunity to purchase his 1948 Dodge for one hundred dollars. Adam knew that the car was worth much more than the amount George was asking of him, and that it was just the Foxs way of practically giving him a car. Shaking his head, he smiled to himself, George and Isabella wanted to help so badly that perhaps, it was best to make them happy. Knowing that Adam probably didn’t have one hundred dollars at the time, George suggested that he pay for it on a weekly basis over the course of the summer. Adam agreed and the deal was sealed with a handshake.

A New Sense Of Freedom.

It took less than a month for Adam to learn to drive and George quietly arranged to have the young man added to his insurance. This was something that Adam hadn’t thought of, but there was little he could do now. The elderly couple laughed when Adam made mention of it, feeling smug that they had managed to get one over on their young friend. That he would be an excellent driver, was something of which they felt certain. Adam received his driver’s licence two days later after passing the exam prescribed by the Provincial government and administered in St. John’s by the Newfoundland Constabulary. The achievement was a proud moment for the young man from Little Valley, where most of the population had never seen a car.
It was an exciting moment too when he picked up Mona at her boarding house on Brazil Square, where she had moved after graduation. His mother on the other hand was more worried than excited. Remembering all the traffic she had seen in St. John’s, she couldn’t imagine her youngest son manoeuvring a car in the midst of it all without getting himself killed. In every letter she would beg him to get rid of the car, and leave the driving to someone with more experience. His father however was not concerned and encouraged his wife to give their son more credit, eventually therefore her pleas became instead, a warning to be careful.
The car also gave the young couple a new sense of freedom they had not known before. Bowering Park now became their choice for outings and swimming. They would sometimes take long Sunday afternoon drives to smaller communities outside the city. The one big concern it seemed was the price of gas. Adam found that it was costing him more than two dollars every day, just to be sure they didn’t run out. Brookfield Ice cream had given him a raise of ten cents an hour nevertheless; he wondered what would happen when he returned to university in September
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Thirty-One
Read from the beginning See page One

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1948 Dodge, Bowering Park, Drivers Licence, Easter, Gas Prices, Good Friday, Happy, St Johns Newfoundland And Labrador

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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
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

That's an interesting story, I enjoyed reading it. =)

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Thank You Coffee Queen. There are just a few more Chapters. Blessings.

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author avatar writershirley lopez
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Very good story enjoyed it very much

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you writershirley. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Nice story

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Apr 2015 (#)

Very interesting. Keep sharing!

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Really interesting story

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you David.

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author avatar Carol Roach
24th Apr 2015 (#)

I hope he will be able to make it financially

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. We will see what happens in the final few chapters. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Apr 2015 (#)

I remember my uncle buying his first car and my mother, his sister, doing back seat driving warning of vehicles all around! Hope the car proves an asset to Adam, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, excellent writing as always! How exciting for Adam to get his first car. I loved the part about the car insurance. It's a part of life. How exciting for Mona when Adam picked her up in the car for the first time. I love this story. Blessings to you today and always!

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author avatar Kingwell
25th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank You Nancy. Blessings.

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