Adam - Chapter Three

Kingwell By Kingwell, 18th Feb 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Adam continues to do well in school although there is now a new teacher in the school. He fishes with his father during the summer getting a half-share.

Alone With Nature

As autumn turned into winter and winter gave way to spring, Adam found himself spending more and more of his free time alone or in one of the net lofts, where the men now appeared to accept him as a fixture and completely ignored his presence. Although always willing to help his father with getting firewood or any of the other tasks that needed doing, with four older brothers still living at home, he was rarely called upon. He sometimes offered to help his mother, but housework was for women. Though she could use the help, she knew that a boy doing such tasks would be considered strange, both by his peers as well as the other adults in the community. When spring came and the boats took to the water once again, Saturdays were spent wandering the woodlands and the brooks. Alone with nature he felt a peacefulness he could find nowhere else and a kinship with the creatures he often heard and sometimes saw around him. The books he had borrowed from the teacher had been read and reread and returned. Much of his school history book, he could recite from memory yet he continued to read it and dream of those long ago days. In school he was a good student and when exam time came around in June he was promoted to grade seven

Signs of Prosperity

Adam’s eldest brother John had married the year before and now fished with his father-in-law. Shamus and Peter were both working as share men with two of the most prosperous fishermen in Little Valley, while Simon fished with their father who last winter had built a new and bigger boat. Lawrence was the only brother to have forsaken the fishing boat. In all but the winter months, he worked in Petersview on Wakeham’s “room”, as such premises were called, and where most of the fish caught along that part of the coast was cured before being shipped to foreign markets. This summer for the first time, Adam fished with his father and Simon during the holidays, receiving a half share as was common for boys his age. The season was a good one as had been the two previous years, and some signs of prosperity was beginning to return to the community after the devastating years of the depression or as they were commonly known the dirty thirties.

The Heavens Declare

Mr. Antle did not return to Little Valley that fall, instead the priest procured the services of a Miss Simms, a 40 year old spinster who had been teaching for more than twenty years. September saw Adam happily back among his books but he missed Mr. Antle. The new teacher was firm, rarely smiled and gave few compliments although Adam continued to do well in his studies. This year too he was introduced to a General Science course which ignited another interest – astronomy. Although the course was too general to go into much detail, Adam soon knew the names of all the planets in the solar system to which we belong, their distance from the earth and the sun, as well as the reasons as to why there could be no life there. Thinking about those heavenly bodies, he wondered if and how scientist could be so certain that no life existed there. Glazing at the night sky he felt certain that they were mistaken and out there somewhere lay intelligence that we knew nothing about. About this time too, he returned to his Bible and as he read the list of questions grew. Where he wondered could he find the answers? Was there anyone that could help him? As he stopped reading to ponder this one day, a verse that he had just read seemed to suddenly jump out at him. Startled, he looked again and his eyes were drawn once again to the words BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Inserting the sheet of paper that he used as a book mark, Adam closed the Bible.
That night as he lay awake in the double bed he shared with his brother Simon, Adam’s mind continued to focus on those words. Was it just a coincidence he wondered, or could it be the answer he was seeking? He was sure of one thing; he wasn’t going to tell anyone about it. Was it possible that the answers were within him? If he reflected in silence would the answers eventually come to him? He had never thought of this before but since there was no one to mentor him, Adam felt that he had nothing to lose. In the meantime he continued to attend Mass with his family but declined his parent’s suggestion that he offer his services as an altar boy.
 
 Mr. Antle did not return to Little Valley that fall, instead the priest procured the services of a Miss Simms, a 40 year old spinster who had been teaching for more than twenty years. September saw Adam happily back among his books but he missed Mr. Antle. The new teacher was firm, rarely smiled and gave few compliments although Adam continued to do well in his studies. This year too he was introduced to a General Science course which ignited another interest – astronomy. Although the course was too general to go into much detail, Adam soon knew the names of all the planets in the solar system to which we belong, their distance from the earth and the sun, as well as the reasons as to why there could be no life there. Thinking about those heavenly bodies, he wondered if and how scientist could be so certain that no life existed there. Glazing at the night sky he felt certain that they were mistaken and out there somewhere lay intelligence that we knew nothing about. About this time too, he returned to his Bible and as he read the list of questions grew. Where he wondered could he find the answers? Was there anyone that could help him? As he stopped reading to ponder this one day, a verse that he had just read seemed to suddenly jump out at him. Startled, he looked again and his eyes were drawn once again to the words BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Inserting the sheet of paper that he used as a book mark, Adam closed the Bible.
That night as he lay awake in the double bed he shared with his brother Simon, Adam’s mind continued to focus on those words. Was it just a coincidence he wondered, or could it be the answer he was seeking? He was sure of one thing; he wasn’t going to tell anyone about it. Was it possible that the answers were within him? If he reflected in silence would the answers eventually come to him? He had never thought of this before but since there was no one to mentor him, Adam felt that he had nothing to lose. In the meantime he continued to attend Mass with his family but declined his parent’s suggestion that he offer his services as an altar boy.
Mr. Antle did not return to Little Valley that fall, instead the priest procured the services of a Miss Simms, a 40 year old spinster who had been teaching for more than twenty years. September saw Adam happily back among his books but he missed Mr. Antle. The new teacher was firm, rarely smiled and gave few compliments although Adam continued to do well in his studies. This year too he was introduced to a General Science course which ignited another interest – astronomy. Although the course was too general to go into much detail, Adam soon knew the names of all the planets in the solar system to which we belong, their distance from the earth and the sun, as well as the reasons as to why there could be no life there. Thinking about those heavenly bodies, he wondered if and how scientist could be so certain that no life existed there. Glazing at the night sky he felt certain that they were mistaken and out there somewhere lay intelligence that we knew nothing about. About this time too, he returned to his Bible and as he read the list of questions grew. Where he wondered could he find the answers? Was there anyone that could help him? As he stopped reading to ponder this one day, a verse that he had just read seemed to suddenly jump out at him. Startled, he looked again and his eyes were drawn once again to the words BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Inserting the sheet of paper that he used as a book mark, Adam closed the Bible.
That night as he lay awake in the double bed he shared with his brother Simon, Adam’s mind continued to focus on those words. Was it just a coincidence he wondered, or could it be the answer he was seeking? He was sure of one thing; he wasn’t going to tell anyone about it. Was it possible that the answers were within him? If he reflected in silence would the answers eventually come to him? He had never thought of this before but since there was no one to mentor him, Adam felt that he had nothing to lose. In the meantime he continued to attend Mass with his family but declined his parent’s suggestion that he offer his services as an altar boy.
TO BE CONTINUED
See Chapter Four
 
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 

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Adam, Authum, Be Still And Know, Bible, Brothers, Dirty-Thiries, Fishing, Half-Share, Kingwell, Net-Loft, New Thought, Newfoundland

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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 spirited
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Interesting story-line Kingwell, I wonder if there is any resemblance here to your own school-days.

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting Spirited and while there is some resemblance it isn't biographical. Blessings

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author avatar sarosh
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Very interesting story as i also liked it very much

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you sarosh. I hope you will follow the series. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
20th Feb 2015 (#)

Really excellent work! Yes, we have to be still and know that the LORD is God! This is a Star Page to me! Continue the series!

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Carmen. Blessings

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author avatar viewgreen
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Awesome article with a great story about. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for following my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you for following my friend. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Feb 2015 (#)

Thought provoking, Kingwell. You take me to those times and I would react like Adam too - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Feb 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Many people would act like he did I think but not all would say so today. Blessings

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Kingwell, with each chapter that I read I feel closer to Adam. I love the fact that he questions what he does not know. That is a sign of a very smart young man. Blessings to you!

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Mar 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. So pleased that you are following the story. Blessings.

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