Felipe Moore Chapter Eight

Kingwell By Kingwell, 30th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Felipe completes his first year of school and develops a love for books and reading.

A Confused Feeling

Friday saw the end of the school week and as he walked home that afternoon Felipe was relaxed for the first time since the previous Monday. He knew that he had the next two days at home. True he might have to attend church on Sunday but he found himself becoming more and more relaxed about that. The one thing that he liked about school was that he would hopefully learn to read and then he could understand all that was written in the Bible and Prayer Book. He had kept to himself all week even during recess and just waited to get back to classes and get the day over with. He had not asked the teacher a single question and simply hung his head in silence when spoken to. The following weeks saw Felipe moved to a different seat and desk, in fact both were joined together and two people could set in it. The teacher felt that the chair that Felipe has used the week before was too high for the desk and he had been stooped over, hence the reason for the switch. He did not know the boy who occupied the seat with him except that the teacher called him Maxwell and he didn`t have the courage to look on the new boys face but simply hung his head and tried to concentrate on forming the letters in the copy he had been given. The second Friday in the school year dawned at last and the children were all waiting for the day to end. About an hour into the afternoon session Maxwell had moved closer to Felipe on the seat and suddenly their legs were touching. Felipe was at first shocked and would have moved further to the end but than a strange feeling came over him and he suddenly felt very comfortable. Confused by the feeling he found himself hoping that Maxwell would not move, Felipe continued to hang his head but wondered if he wanted the afternoon to end after all! everyone had their homework assignment for the weekend and class was dismissed. Maxwell quickly left without a backward glance.

Felipe's New Reader

Although still bewildered, Felipe put the incident with Maxwell out of his mind for the time being, and enjoyed his two day weekend as usual. All the first year students had what was called a Reader and the parents had purchased the book for ten cents per copy. Felipe liked the pictures of the boy and girl in the book, and always wanted it read for him. George and Charles soon tired of the ordeal but his mother and father would read for him whenever one of them had a spare moment. His father however, soon insisted that Felipe learn to recognize the words himself, otherwise he would be just repeating the page by rote. By the time Christmas break had rolled around the teacher was pleased with Felipe`s reading ability and even his printing was improving. He noted however that the boy was still very shy and had never once asked a question in class. By the end of his first school year Felipe had not made a single new friend, although it was true that he now knew everyone by name. Susie was the chubby girl who sat just ahead of them and loved to turn and smile at Maxwell when the teacher wasn`t looking. Helen was another girl in his class who had once offered Felipe a candy during recess. Although he would have loved the candy he simply shook his head and walked away. Maxwell who sometimes had no eraser left on his pencil would give him a dig in the side and motion to borrow his seatmate`s. It was customary for the whole school to go on a picnic near the end of the school year often on the first sunny day in June and since it meant a day outside, almost everyone was excited about the event. As usual Felipe kept to himself only participating in a race or game if the teacher insisted and then without much enthusiasm. All of the winners had been given an apple or an orange but the teacher tried to make sure that everyone had at least gotten a few candy. He had watched Felipe carefully and at last decided to have all the first year students stand in a group alone and throw the last of the candy for them to catch. Even then he had difficulty in getting the shy little boy to grab a candy!

Summer Holidays

All children loved the more than two months of freedom which the Council of Education allowed them every summer and of course Felipe was no exception. Among the few children that he had known all his life was his cousin Fred, a boy about his own age and who he now played with on an almost daily basis. Playing of course always meant pretending and as there were no real toys, even those were make believe. Since their fathers were fishermen, they would cut reeds and split them down the middle as they had seen done to the fish, then spread them to dry in the sun. At other times they would play shop with one being the shopkeeper and the other the customer. When things were really desperate they even played school. Sometimes one or two of the older boys would join them and they would chase each other through the meadow or play hide and seek. September and school arrived all too soon however meaning much of their summer fun was over. Felipe was growing up and would turn eight in December but he was still a little boy at heart. He hated the thought of going back to school and began dreaming up ways to get more days off. Given the chance however, he would probably still choose to remain at home with his parents forever. Once when he mentioned this to his friend, he was given a strange look. ``Not me`` was his cousin`s quick retort, ``I want to go far away and become a cowboy like the one in the picture I saw at school``.

To be continued - See Chapter Nine

Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

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Bible, Confused Feeling, Friends, Kingwell, Picnic, Prayer, Reading, Summer Holidays

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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 Kingwell
31st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Peter.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Dec 2013 (#)

My initial days at school would not have been much different from Filipe's. I had few friends at that time and would have loved to be at home than at school; some have to be forced to grow up! Thanks Kingwell, so interestingly narrated - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
31st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank You again Siva.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Jan 2014 (#)

I really enjoyed all of your posts this past 2013 and hope you continue doing it in this 2014, I wish you a Happy and a Prosperous New Year 2014, great job!

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Hi Fern, I hope to continue writing Felipe's story but it isn't always easy to write about. A few experiences are my own but I have known friends who had much more difficult lives. The times were so different too and people were not even as understanding as they are today. I have tried very hard to get people to understand that we cannot judge another as we have no idea of what they are going through. This is not the biography of just one person and I hope I can do the story justice. Thank you for being such a good friend and all the best for 2014. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post

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author avatar Kingwell
3rd Jan 2014 (#)

You are a loyal reader my friend. Thank you.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning, Kingwell; you portray Felipe's conflict so well. Stephen King says if you cannot get conflict done correctly, you cannot write the story. This is developing nicely. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning and thank you for you continued support my friend.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jan 2014 (#)

surround by a gentler time- Felipe and I where woven from the same childhood cloth... shy yet full of life wonder... just being a child was then enough- ...the world changing so quickly what milestones lie ahead for dear Felipe Kingwell?...:0)....

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Yes Delicia, It was a gentler time, especially in small communities. There was no crime and I can't remember ever seeing a police officer in the small town where I grew up.

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author avatar Mariah
6th Feb 2014 (#)

So well portrayed Kingwell, I can feel Felipe's emotions as I read more about him..well done my friend

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you Mariah

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