Felipe Moore - Chapter Five

Kingwell By Kingwell, 19th Dec 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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St. Stephen's day falls on a Sunday and all but Felipe attend at least one of the church services. Monday sees the first 'time' of the Christmas season.

A tied but thankful Felipe falls asleep

Felipe Moore
Chapter Five

Tired but happy Felipe walked up the stairs to bed that night much slower than he had bounced down the same steps some thirteen hours earlier. He had carefully placed his colouring book and crayons as well as the paper bag containing the remaining ten candies and one of the chocolate bars on a shelf in the kitchen. The second bar of chocolate was a gift from his Godmother Sarah Jane, who had come to visit in the afternoon of Christmas day. He had eaten the orange in the morning and the apple in the afternoon. His mother considered one chocolate bar and four candy to be plenty of sweets for one day, in fact she considered it too much but decided to relax the rules a little since it was Christmas. Felipe agreed to spare the remainder to savour over the next four or five days. The boy did not forget his prayers tonight knowing that he had much to be thankful for. He had been allowed to bring the car which his brother Ben had bought him, to his room to play with for a few minutes but soon he had fallen asleep and Delilah took it back downstairs to be placed with his other gifts until morning.

The men receive a reprimand

Having forgotten that Christmas day had also been a Saturday, Benjamin and the boys were a little chagrined when Sarah Jane upon her arrival in the afternoon, overheard them discussing plans for a 'time' the following night. This year, St. Stephens Day, December 26th fell on a Sunday and no one Southern Arm had ever even thought of having a 'time' on the Sabbath day! in fact, Sarah reminded them, the clergyman was to be there for a service of Holy Communion at 8am and the teacher would be celebrating Mattins and Evensong at 11am and 6:30 pm respectively. Benjamin looked embarrassed at having been reprimanded by his nineteen year old niece but took it all in stride commenting that he must be getting old. The young men and two older boys were soon out of the house visiting friends or sliding on a nearby slope that had just enough snow to entertain the two boys and their chums for a couple of hours.

Breakfast but no toast

Charles, George and Felipe sat at the kitchen table on Sunday morning. George was keeping an eye on the stove, adding wood when necessary and making sure there was plenty of water in the kettle. It was Charles's turn to paint a picture in Felipe's colouring book and his younger brother was watching attentively. Their parents and older brothers were at church but should be home within a half hour. Everyone fasted until after Holy Communion but Delilah would have breakfast on the table shortly after arriving home. At twelve years of age, George would be getting confirmed whenever the Lord Bishop made his next trip to Southern Arm, then he too would be able to attend the service of Holy Eucharist. Charles had just finished the picture he had been colouring and all three were admiring his work, when the others arrived home. Delilah quickly removed her coat and immediately began to prepare breakfast. She thanked George for remembering to look after the fire and for the fact that she had a kettle full of boiling water. Within a few minutes everyone was enjoying a steaming bowl of porridge with hot tea and buttered homemade bread to follow. Toast was unheard of at the time unless someone so ill as to be thought near death and thankfully the family were all in good health. Benjamin smiled remembering how his father at seventy-five, would boast that he had never been sick enough to eat toast! He had died in his sleep a week before his seventy-sixth birthday with his record still intact.
See Chapter One.


To be continued - See Chapter Six

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Accordion, Bar Of Chocolate, Breakfast, Candy, Christmas, Cigarettes, Colouring Book, Dinner, England, Evensong, Fiddle, Holy Communion, Homebrew, Ireland, Kingwell, Mattins, Moonshine, Music, Newfoundland, Set Dance, Shyness, Snow, St Stephens Day, Step-Dance, Toast, Tobacco

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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 cnwriter..carolina
20th Dec 2013 (#)

another fun piece to read Kingwell..thank you and holiday greetings to you and yours...

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Carolina. The story I`m writing may be fictional but true to life of these times. As a boy and young man I witnessed many such ``times``. There will also be much that is true in the story of Felipe. Thank you again for reading and I hope that you will continue to read the series. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Happy Holidays Carolina.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
20th Dec 2013 (#)

This piece is becoming more and more exciting as you write it, great work and Happy Holidays!

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Fern. Happy Holidays!

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author avatar Carol
20th Dec 2013 (#)

A very nice story

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Carol, Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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author avatar Mariah
20th Dec 2013 (#)

I'm so enjoying this Kingwell, and now thinking about the cause of Felipe's wariness around strangers..you have portrayed the characters so
realistically, really hooked on the story.
Thank you

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author avatar Kingwell
20th Dec 2013 (#)

Hi Mariah, Thank you and it's good to have a fan like you. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Thank you Kingwell for another lovely part to bring life live to me as it existed in your outpost in New Newfoundland many decades ago. I admire the ladies for their yeoman efforts to bring up large families and take care of each of them. My mind goes back to my younger days when the women in Asia were the real heroes - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Dec 2013 (#)

Hi Siva, Thank you for visiting once again. You are a loyal friend. Things have changed so much since those days and I'm sure that we have changed. too. By the way the small communities were called OutPORTS not Outposts - this was because they were in almost all cases only accessible by water. It is a common mistake with many people who don't live near the sea. Blessings my friend.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Good morning, Kingwell; I have my large mug of coffee and am reconnecting to the story. Good job and entertaining. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Marilyn, So pleased that you have decided to continue reading.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Jan 2014 (#)

lovely...

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you my friend.

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