Adam Chapter Twenty-Five

Kingwell By Kingwell, 9th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1ekinv8w/
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Adam goes home for the Christmas break where he enjoys the day with family and friends and attends Mass with his parents. When the holiday is over however, he is happy to return to St. John's.

George's Dream.

It was now George’s turn to digest what Adam had just told him. He drove in silence as if unsure of what to say. As they neared the university, the older man finally broke the silence. “I know that many people believe in intuition”, he said slowly, “and that would explain the feeling that you had about calling us, but what about the dream or whatever it was, is it possible that I was somehow seeing the future“? Adam looked thoughtful, “when did you have this dream“? “It was the morning that Ralph drowned”, George answered, “I’d just awoke and I don’t know if I went back to sleep or not”. Adam thought for a moment, “Than it was probably the present you were seeing, not the future, Ralph’s last thoughts may have been of you”.
They’d stopped by the university residence now, yet Adam made no move to get out, but rather waited for George, who seemed lost in thought, to speak again. “I gave up on the churches a long time ago” he said at last, looking once again at Adam, “and I’d almost given up on God – but now I’m not so sure, we’ll talk again later” Adam nodded, knowing that this was a conversation that had really just begun.!

Do You Believe In God?

December, as it usually does, brought colder temperatures and snow, making walking more difficult throughout the city. It made little difference to Adam however, as with the gusto of youth, he easily navigated his way. He called the Foxs every day and visited twice every week. They had few visitors now and always welcomed Adam and Mona too, when she was able to come along with him. As he watched Isabella and George slowly getting back into their old routine, the young man marvelled at the strength of the human spirit. The couple now had a standing invitation to Sunday dinner, though Mona couldn’t always make it.
In December too, Isabella returned to the Sunday evening services at Wesley United Church giving Adam and George some time to talk privately. It was the second day of December, and at first they talked of Adam’s impending trip home for the Christmas holidays. Adam was a little surprised that his friend still insisted on talking to Dr. Templeton about his father‘s possible eye surgery, in fact would do so that very week. He also stated that the offer for Adam’s parents to stay with him and Isabella while in the city remained the same.
It didn’t take long however for the conversation to turn to other things. George had not as yet, told Isabella about his dream or about the reason that Adam had called the house that morning. The chat they’d had in the car on the night of Ralph’s funeral was still uppermost in both their minds however, and this was the first opportunity they’d had to talk freely since then. “Do you believe in God”? George was looking directly at Adam now. The young man returned his gaze. “I’m convinced that there is more to life than we know about, and I don’t think that death is the end, but I can’t believe in the kind of God that the churches talk about“.
George nodded solemnly, “I’ve come to a similar conclusion, yet who or what is God and why are we here anyway“? Adam thought for a moment, “Have you ever considered that maybe it doesn’t matter what we believe or if we believe in God at all? Isn’t it what we do that’s important“? George smiled, “why is it that I knew you would say something like that“? Adam continued, “That’s what I get from the teachings of Christ, it’s the things that he did for people, like feeding the hungry and healing the sick that really seemed to matter”. They continued talking in the same vein until they heard the key in the lock that told them that Isabella was home.

Home For Christmas

In her last letter his mother had told Adam of how excited she and his father were that their youngest son would be home for Christmas. His brothers too were pleased, and even Father Ryan and the teacher, Mrs. Walsh, had asked about him. Finally the big day came; he had left residence and was at the Foxs, as George was taking him to join the boat. Mona was there too, trying very hard to hide her disappointment that she wasn’t going with him. Farewells over, he walked aboard the S.S. Home, turning to wave one last time. He hoped for good weather and a fast trip home, something you couldn’t always count on in December in Newfoundland. As the ship steamed through the narrows of St. John’s harbour, he realized just how excited he was, it would be good to see family and friends again and enjoy one of his mother’s Christmas dinners.
The seas remained relatively calm and the weather mild, consequently, the ship made good time and the trip was uneventful. His parents were there to meet him as he stepped ashore, so too were Mona’s father and stepmother, anxious to hear all the news about their daughter. After promising to “come over”, tomorrow, he set out for home with his parents where he found Peter, Shamus and Simon sawing and chopping firewood, so that as little as possible would have to be done during the twelve days of Christmas.
Adam noted that while there were many signs of Christmas in St. John’s, there were none in Little Valley, where Christmas still began with the trimming of the tree on Christmas Eve. Adam dutifully went to Midnight Mass with his parents knowing that it would make them happy, and that it too, was where he could be sure of meeting old friends. Later, when they’d returned home, it was strange having to share a bed again, but he and Simon talked for more than an hour before falling asleep.

Together again!

Christmas morning meant gifts for everyone, something unknown just a few years earlier. Clearly no one here was speaking out against Joey Smallwood and Confederation with Canada! On Boxing day, that due to the church’s influence, everyone in Little Valley still referred to as St. Stephen’s Day, he went to visit Mona’s parents and ended up staying for supper. Later that night, together with his three brothers and their girlfriends, he went mummering, and found it to be even more fun than when he’d been a kid. He found it strange that four of the boys his age were already married and three of them even had a kid.
Although he enjoyed the time at home, when the ship arrived to take him back to St. John’s, he realized that he was ready to return to life in the city. Little Valley would remain his childhood home, and there would always be good memories but they remained in a past to which he could never return. Once again Mona and George were there to greet him when he arrived back in St. John’s, and Isabella had a delicious dinner waiting at the Fox home. Much to Adam’s surprise, his parents had agreed to come to St. John’s should the doctor agree to do the cataract surgery. George still hadn’t had the opportunity to discuss it fully with his friend but hoped to do so within the next couple of days. After thanking the Foxs for dinner and helping with the dishes, Adam and Mona went to take in a movie and find a quiet place to talk. Alone at last their faces were beaming, it was good to be together again!
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Twenty-Six
Read From The Beginning - See Chapter One

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Christmas, Christs Teachings, Dreams, Feeding The Hungry, Firewood, God, Healing The Sick, Intuition, Kingwell, Newfoundland, Sharing A Bed, Together Again, United Church Of Canada, Wesley United Church

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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
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Great Chapter. Keep them coming.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Happy that you are enjoying the story Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
10th Apr 2015 (#)

keep them coming it is a very beautiful and inspirational book

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol for commenting and for your encouragement. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
12th Apr 2015 (#)

I can relate to Adam's feelings - happiness being with his folks again and also keen to pursue his own life. A quick visit and then back to business! Thanks Kingwell, nice going - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for your continuing support Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
16th Apr 2015 (#)

Very interesting as I have had those same talks, I suppose it is of what church one is talking about as the word has it that only a few will go, though I believe that God’s love is much deeper than that. It comes down to what the spirit reveals to us.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Utah. I think that many times we think that God is like man. God's love is greater then we could ever imagine. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I loved this chapter. I must say great writing. Do you have any stories published. I hope so because you need to share your talent with the world. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank you Nancy. I have been thinking about trying to get published but that's as far as it's got yet. Blessings.

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