Felipe Moore - Chapter Forty-Five

Kingwell By Kingwell, 11th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/28xb-k3b/
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Felipe begins the train ride to St. John's, a journey that takes twelve hours. Arriving in the capital city he is fascinated with the modern technology around him.

The Train Ride Begins.

The Northern Ranger docked in Port Aux Basques, as it was correctly called, the following morning and Felipe was happy that his three roommates were also taking the train as they were familiar with getting from the boat to the train station. Soon they were all settled away but the others warned Felipe to expect delays as the train rarely left on time and was often more than three hours late arriving in St. John's! Felipe knew that he would have company until he arrived in Corner Brook but for the vast majority of the trip he would be alone, that is unless he made another friend which was always possible. The stopover in Corner Brook lasted more than an hour and he even left the train for a few minutes. He stood awestruck by the lights, sounds and traffic of Newfoundland's second city and wondered what to expect when he arrived in St. John's. Although a few left the train in Corner Brook, many more passengers got on board and the seat next to him was taken by the first person to come along, an elderly woman who he guessed to be at least fifty! Finally the line of passengers had filed through and the lady turned to smile at the young man who sat next to her. She was, she told Felipe travelling to Grand Falls to visit her daughter who had just had her fifth child - a girl after having four boys. Soon she was showing him pictures of her grandchildren and giving their names and ages. Felipe smiled as the woman continued to chat about her daughter’s children, husband and in-laws - at least he would not be lonely until they reached Grand Falls!

Felipe Makes a Friend

There seemed to be a train station every couple of miles and sometimes just two or three houses. The woman sitting next to him seemed to know all the place names even before the conductor came through calling "next stop ---". About an hour outside of Corner Brook, the opposite aisle seat was taken by a woman and her baby and Felipe was granted a reprieve as the two women soon set up a conversation about the baby and just how pretty she was. Since breast feeding was accepted by everyone at the time, even in public places, no one paid any attention when the mother opened her blouse and began feeding her baby, all the while continuing her conversation with the older woman. Years later when such a thing would be unimaginable, Felipe would remember the scene and realize that the rural people of the day did not consider a woman's breast as having any sexual connotation and therefore it had a completely different meaning - the woman was simply feeding her baby. At Grand Falls a young man took the seat that had been occupied by the talkative female and since he too had come there from a small fishing community to join the train the two boys felt an immediate bond. Felipe was delighted to learn that Morgan, as the young man had introduced himself, was also travelling to St. John's and like him was also hoping to find work there. To their mutual disappointment however, they found that one would be living in the east end of the city and the other in the west.

St. John's At Last!

Tired but excited Morgan and Felipe exited the train when it arrived in St. John's some twelve hours after leaving Port Aux Basques. The two said their good-byes and each took a taxi to their separate destinations. It was customary at the time for a taxi to take as many passengers as the car could comfortably seat and drop them off at their respective lodging places. This meant that the taxi made more money while by sharing the cab, his passengers paid less. Felipe was the last to be dropped off and as he paid the cab driver, he saw Phyllis in the doorway and breathed a sigh of relief. The sheer size of the city and the traffic had made him uneasy in the car and it was good to see a familiar face. His cousin was soon joined by her husband while a boy who looked just a little younger than him took his things into the house. Phyllis introduced her husband John, their sixteen year old son Jordan and their daughter, ten year old Maisie. The couple's oldest son Mark had joined the Canadian Air Force a year earlier and was stationed in Moncton, New Brunswick. Jordan took Felipe's belongings to his bedroom as he said shyly, "you'll be sleeping with me". Saying that Felipe must be starved, Phyllis soon had his supper, which she had kept in the refrigerator, the first that Felipe had ever seen, warmed and on the table. Not having eaten since leaving Port au Bas, although meals were served on the train, Felipe ate heartily, washing it down with a cup of tea. He nearly jumped out of his skin, than blushed profusely when the telephone rang. John and Jordan smiled politely and invited him into the living room to watch television which was still new even to them and with only one channel available.

A New Life Begins.

Felipe was fascinated as he watched the images on the black and white television screen and thought about how fast his life was going to change with all these new gadgets. He noticed that there was no wood stove but an electric one and he had read that most houses in the city were heated by an oil furnace and he'd also heard something about people having a choice of hot air or hot water heat. In any case it was all new to him like the refrigerator and the TV as he'd also heard the television called. Jordan told him that there was a half hour show coming on called "I love Lucy" and that it was very funny. His father reminded him that Felipe was probably very tired and they should go to bed when the show was over. He also explained to their guest that the TV channel shut down at midnight and would begin transmission again at 4 PM the following afternoon. Felipe had been tired when he arrived but the excitement had taken all sleep from his eyes. Maisie was now in bed and asleep but Phyllis joined the trio in the living room saying that Lucy was her favourite show. It was good to see everyone laughing and in a good mood. At the end of the show John told Felipe that he was going to watch the late night news before retiring and that Felipe could either go to bed with Jordan or join him for the newscast. Felipe elected to go to bed and after saying good night followed Jordan to his bedroom. Thinking that the oldest son was still at home Felipe had expected to be sleeping alone but following Jordan into the room he felt an excitement rise within him but also was determined to keep his hormones under control unless his handsome cousin made the first move. He knew however that he must quickly find a job and an apartment of his own.
To Be Continued See Chapter Forty-Six
Read from the beginning - See Chapter One

See also Chapter Forty.
Chapter Forty-One.
Chapter Forty-Two
Chapter Forty- Three

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Breast Feeding, Breast Milk, Corner Brook, Cousin, Grand Falls, Kingwell, Newfoundland, St Johns, Telephone, Television, Train, Train Journey, Train Travel

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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 Sivaramakrishnan A
11th Oct 2014 (#)

Great share, Kingwell. Happy that Felipe is feeling at home and well looked after. I can relate to almost all you gave described including breast feeding that was just a normal part of everyday life when I was growing up in India. Also I saw TV only about forty years ago, forget about 24 hour channels. We had better things to do! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva and yes we did have better things to do.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Oct 2014 (#)

"I Love Lucy! is so funny!! So glad you included it among the new things in FM's life!!

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl and I agree about "I Love Lucy".

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
14th Oct 2014 (#)

I love this story of yours Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
14th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern. I am writing this as I publish it and hope to have the next chapter written soon. Blessings.

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author avatar tafmona
15th Oct 2014 (#)

wow, so nice story, keep up with the good work

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you tafmona. Blessings.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Oct 2014 (#)

...history becomes alive again seen through the eyes of Felipe..it makes us understand that the time we live in is so relivent in shaping our life path...looking forward to reading the next chapter...thanks Kingwell

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Oct 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia. Blessings.

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