Adam Chapter Twenty-Seven

Kingwell By Kingwell, 13th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/5_ybhjj_/
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While visiting his father at the hospital, Adam makes friends with a teenage boy who has no friends or family in the city.

Mary Visits Eli At The Hospital.

When Mary arrived at the hospital the following morning, she found Eli sitting in a chair by the window watching the traffic seven stories below. Both admitted to not having slept well the night before. She had been there less than five minutes when a middle aged nurse with a cheerful smile, came by with eye drops for Eli, and seeing that someone had taken the chair that had been placed by the bed for Mary the day before, she quickly fetched another. Inquiring as to whether they were comfortable, the nurse left for her other rounds after making Eli promise to buzz if they needed anything further.
Mary became aware that of the nine others on the ward with Eli, all but two were from St. John’s, and all younger than him. Among them too was a boy from Burin, who looked about twelve and whose appendix the doctors had removed the night before. The boy was clearly shy and uncomfortable among the older men. The nurses were very kind and kept a close eye on him. Sometimes they would close the curtains around his bed so he could have some privacy. Later, after being given more pain medication, the boy drifted off to sleep and slept until late afternoon.
Dr. Templeton also dropped by that morning and after checking Eli’s right eye seemed pleased, and inquired as to if they had any questions. He stayed to chat for a few minutes than moved on to his other patients. Lunch was delivered at noon and while quite thankful; Eli confided to Mary that he couldn’t wait to get home again for a meal of salt codfish with potatoes and scrunchions (a Newfoundland term for small pieces of pork rind or pork fat-back fried until rendered and crispy). Mary agreed and said that she also missed the salt herring and their regular Saturday fare of pea soup and doughboys.

Adam Makes A New Friend.

It was shortly after 7PM that the Foxs arrived with Mona and Adam who greeted his parents warmly and asked about their day. He also filled them in on what was happening with him at the University. Adam had also noticed the boy upon entering and how uncomfortable he appeared. Since the young teenager, as he assumed him to be, had no visitors, and now that his parents were engaged in conversation with the others, Adam, smilingly approached the boy’s bed and introduced himself. Such was the young man’s mannerism and genuineness, that the boy relaxed almost immediately and soon the two were chatting like old friends. He learned that the boy’s name was Mark, that he was thirteen and in grade seven. None of Mark’s family was able to visit him and he had no friends in the city. According to the doctors, he could expect to be in the hospital for at least another week.
Adam also learned that Mark liked to play snakes and ladders and read comic books, as well as play Soccer, which he admitted would be off limits for at least a couple of months. Adam promised to get Mark some comics and find a game of snakes and ladders. He also assured the boy that he would visit him every night until he was discharged, and confided that he too liked playing snakes and ladders. Since it was approaching nine o’clock, and the end of visiting hours, he bade a now smiling Mark, good night, and returned to where his father’s visitors were also preparing to leave.
Mary kissed her husband and promised to return in the morning while Mona too gave him a kiss on the cheek. As the Foxs bade Eli a good night, Adam prepared to do the same, when he suddenly hesitated. It was time to break some of the taboos, leftovers from the Victorian age. Throwing his arms around his father, he hugged him close and planted a soft kiss on his cheek. “Good night dad”, he whispered, “see you tomorrow”. Without another word he turned and led the others out of the room and towards the elevator!
No one spoke as they walked towards the car, but Mary’s face held a look of astonishment, while the others were smiling. George stopped near the Grace hospital for the young people to get out, and then proceeded back to their home. As they stood in the shadow of the nearly thirty year old building, Mona hugged Adam and whispered, “That took courage back there, I’m so proud of you“. As they held each other close, Adam thought of how much he loved this girl. How would he ever manage without her love and support? He quickly got rid of the thought, knowing that he still had another three years at MUN, as some of the students were now calling the university. As if reading his thoughts, Mona looked into his eyes and once again whispered, “we’ll take it one day at a time my love, one day at a time”.

A Natural Born Teacher.

Adam was able to find some comic books and a game of snakes and ladders for Mark, but regretted that he hadn’t asked one of the nurses if the boy was allowed to eat any sweets or fruit so soon after his surgery. He decided that he’d ask tonight after all the boy wasn’t expecting anything but the comic books and the game. Since Mona wasn’t able to be there tonight, he’d get George to drop him off at the university residence on his way home. Once again the Foxs had insisted on him coming for dinner and going directly to the hospital from their house. As usual George and Isabella were pleased to see him and since it would be another half hour before it was time to eat, the men were banished to the den.
Almost immediately, George began talking about the events of the night before and how quickly Adam had been able to bring Mark out of his shell. “I know you’re leaning towards medicine” he began, “but you’re a natural born teacher, if you ever decide to switch careers, and there are a lot of kids out there who are crying out for a teacher like you”. Adam blushed at the praise, even though he’d hear similar things from his host before.
George laughed and slapped his knee, “I’ll bet your father is still reeling from that hug and kiss you gave him last night, I’m sure your mother was shocked as well“. Adam laughed, “it’s not something that you would see in Little Valley, or in most of the outports, men and boys seem to shy away from showing affection to their parents or offspring, especially one of the same sex”. He paused for a moment and then continued, “love isn’t a word that comes easily to the lips of our people, they seem to associate it with weakness, yet it’s the strongest force in the world“. George became serious again, “I just wish more young men thought as you do – but there’s Isabella calling us to dinner; after you my friend”.
TO BE CONTINUED -See Chapter Twenty-Eight.
Read From The Beginning - See Chapter One

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Adam, Boy, Comic Books, Hospital, Kingwell, Mary, Pea Soup, Salt Herring Shy, Smiles, Snakes And Ladders, Soccer, Teenager, Uncomfortable Environment

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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 Carol Roach
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Adam is a wonderful young man

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
14th Apr 2015 (#)

You put a lot of work into these, Kingwell. Good for you and keep it up.

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Apr 2015 (#)

Thanks Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Apr 2015 (#)

Great work. certainly deserve a lot of credit

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Madan.

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author avatar Carol Roach
16th Apr 2015 (#)

Adam is truly a wonderful young man

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. More to come. Blessings.

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author avatar Utah Jay
16th Apr 2015 (#)

Yes, this is a very tricky thing to do, building all the personalities and putting the scenes together...Well done my friend.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting and for your encouragement. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
17th Apr 2015 (#)

"love isn’t a word that comes easily to the lips of our people, they seem to associate it with weakness, yet it’s the strongest force in the world"

I like how your characters have or show such wisdom, and of course it must reside in the writer too.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Apr 2015 (#)

In my family background the show of love is confined to mostly words. Physical attachment is rare especially between an adult son and father hugging and kissing as a mark of affection. Sons can be closer to mothers though - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
19th Apr 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. It is more common for an adult son to hug his father today but it was almost unheard of in the time of Adam. People still thought as they did in the Victorian age. Blessings.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Kingwell, I loved this part. I found myself worrying about Eli and Mary. I felt sorry for Mark but now that he's made friends with Adam I think he will be okay. I think the whole chapter was amazing. Blessings to you today and always.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank You Nancy. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jun 2015 (#)

Thank You Nancy. Blessings.

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