Felipe Moore - Chapter Forty-One

Kingwell By Kingwell, 25th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/mm7ra6w7/
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As Felipe spends his last few days in Southern Arm he suddenly realizes the emotional distress being felt by his mother.

An Emotional Mother

Delilah wiped a tear from her eye as she finished making Felipe's bed. It seemed now that everything she did for her youngest son had the same effect on her. She had known for a long time that Felipe was different from her other sons that he was never meant for the fishing boat or for life in Southern Arm for that matter. She had accepted that he wanted to live in the big city and would be leaving home as soon as he had finished school but that had always seemed so far away - until now. She was fiercely proud of his academic achievements but he was her youngest child, it was 'the baby' who was leaving home and her motherly instincts were taking the beating of her life! She had tried to hide her feelings when Felipe was around but she found herself wanting to make his favourite meals and as she'd done this morning, take just a little extra time making his bed, even turning down the covers which was something she hadn't done in years. Benjamin had noticed of course, and hugged his wife knowing that there was nothing more that he could do or say. The fact was he was even feeling a little emotional himself!

Mona's Dilemma

Anthony and David stopped by in the afternoon and the three went for a walk. Felipe was happy to see that David was now very relaxed with Anthony and loved to play tricks on him, and then try to outrun him. Anthony, being older and faster always managed to catch him however, and David could be heard begging for mercy and promising never to do it again. Felipe knew that both boys enjoyed the fun and was happy to know that Anthony would not be without a friend when he and Mona left Southern Arm. After supper Felipe went to Mona's house again and played checkers with Mr. Giles while Mona did the dishes and some ironing. Later Mona and Felipe would play a couple of games before it was time for her to set the table for a lunch. After her father had retired for the night she and Felipe sat on the couch and just held each other for some five or so minutes... Mona was the first to break the silence telling Felipe that the minister had offered her a position as teacher in the one room school in Mary's Harbour. Her father, she said was encouraging her to accept but she couldn't bear the thought leaving him alone in the big house so soon after her mother had passed away. Felipe listened but felt he could have no opinion as this was strictly a matter between Mona and her father. Secretly however, he felt that she should accept and was confident that her father would be fine.

I Love You Mom

Felipe had written to Phyllis that he would be leaving for St. John's on the fourteenth of July, which was the next time the coastal boat would be in the area. Since the fourteenth was only five days away he realized that it was time that he began making some plans, plus the fact that Ben junior and Ann had invited him to supper the following evening and both Anthony and David's parents as well as Mr. Smith had insisted that he drop by for a visit before leaving for St. John's. He knew too that he wanted to spend one more evening with Mona and her dad and of course he couldn't leave without having Anthony at the house for one last sleepover. He knew that his mother would have his clothes washed and ironed and would probably want to pack his suitcase, although he noticed that she had avoided mentioning it. He found that he couldn't walk the road anymore without people stopping to talk and to wish him well. For the first time he was seeing his neighbours in a new light as a people who despite their differences truly cared for each other. He arrived home from another walk with Anthony to a supper fit for a king. He noticed that his mother seemed quieter than usual and he thought he saw her wipe a tear from her eye. It suddenly dawned on him the impact his moving away was and would have on his parents, especially his mother. A sense of guilt swept over him as he realized that he had been thinking so much about himself that he had failed to see the stress that she was feeling. Felipe understood completely now. Of his five brothers only Charles was still at home and he and Fanny Bray were making plans to marry that fall. Now that he was leaving too - it was just too much for her to handle. Having finished his supper Felipe rose from the table. Turning to his mother who was about to clear the table he threw his arms around her neck, planted a kiss on her cheek and said simply, "Mom, I love you". The last time he'd done such a thing he was just six years old and about to start school for the first time!
To Be Continued - See Chapter Forty-Two

Read from the beginning-See Chapter One

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Brother, Coastal Boat, Dilemma, Distress, Emotions, Father, Guilt, Kingwell, Leaving Home, Marriage Plans, Marys Harbour, Mother, Newfoundland, St Johns, Teacher, Teaching

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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
25th Sep 2014 (#)

i love the last sentence...I love you mom...super dear Kingwell...

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina for that comment and of course for following. Blessings.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Nice one my dear Kingwell and agree with Carito!

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern. Blessings.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
26th Sep 2014 (#)

I forgot who Phyllis was? But I love the way you are venturing out and capturing the feelings of the other characters. I think Felipe is right about Mona's big decision, and I hope she will follow her heart. After my grandfather died, I offered my grandmother to accept a county school position and move in with her so she would not be alone. She would not hear of it. I wonder how much different my life would be today had I taken that position. Or would it be different at all? Fate is funny stuff.
Excellent read, my friend.

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl and I agree fate is funny stuff.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Sep 2014 (#)

Emotional roller-coaster times for all so well captured, Kingwell. We have no choice but to keep moving on in life and sometimes we are swept away against our will too! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
28th Sep 2014 (#)

I agree Siva, Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I feel the deep sense of change for them all hanging heavily between each line...As if these last days before leaving.. time itself, for Felipe, inhales deeply all he loves...you have written this so beautifully Kingwell....!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you my friend. So happy you are enjoying it.

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