Felipe Moore - Chapter Forty-Two

Kingwell By Kingwell, 29th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/a27mthgj/
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Felipe spends an enjoyable night at home with his parents and Delilah begins readying things for her son's departure.

Felipe breaks with tradition.

Delilah felt better as she smiled at Felipe through her tears. The suddenness of his actions after supper had taken her off guard especially since it was so long since she'd heard him say "I love you. Love was not a word that came easily to the lips of young men even when speaking to their mother although she may have meant the world to them. That Felipe had dared break with tradition, not care what others thought and express his love for her as he did had brought a flood of tears that continued for nearly five minutes. The boy held his mother tightly, than led her to the couch where they both sat while the supper dishes lay idly on the table, wondering perhaps what had happened to the hands that had always whisked them so quickly to the waiting pan of dish water. Benjamin said nothing but it was clear that though surprised by Felipe's outburst, he was not disapproving. When his mother had stopped crying, Felipe broke another long standing tradition by going to his father and saying, "I love you too dad" with what was perhaps an awkward but well meaning attempt at a hug! Benjamin coughed not daring to speak because of the lump in his throat while Delilah's tears began afresh. In an attempt to shift focus Felipe suggested that he help his mother with the dishes. Apparently this was the wake up call that Delilah needed for she was on her feet in a second ordering him to sit down where he belonged, as she cleared the table all the while asserting that no man was going to wash dishes in her kitchen!

A Family Time

Felipe did not go out that night but rather stayed at home with his parents chatting about his time at school and wondered where he might find work in St. John's. He promised his mother that he would write every week and since it was unlikely he would get home for Christmas, he assured them that there would be gifts in the mail. Benjamin had never been to St. John's but he knew the names of some of the big business people there and suggested that he might find work as a clerk in one of the stores such as The Big 6, The London New York and Paris or Bowering Brothers. There was also the Crosby Family who owned the Butterine factory where they made Good Luck and Eversweet, the two most popular brands of margarine in Newfoundland, although everyone still called it butter. Delilah chipped in to say that Phyllis had a brother-in-law who once worked at Purity Factories where they make the hard tack and buttered biscuit. Benjamin and Delilah told stories of when they were children growing up in Southern Arm much to the delight of their son, who though he had heard most of it before never got tired of hearing it. The story that he had heard most often during his childhood was of the shipwreck and the Spanish sailor who had stayed with the family and from whom he had gotten his name. His parents spoke of this again now and wondered aloud if their boy's namesake might still be living. It was an enjoyable evening and when 10:30 and time for a lunch arrived, all remarked at how fast the hours had sped.

Last Preparations

Delilah knew that she would still miss her youngest son and that she would most certainly cry when he was leaving, but after that evening she somehow felt much better and now she could at least talk about it. She got out Felipe's Sunday suit and ironed it as well as his two white shirts and necktie. There was a small black suitcase in the Attic that had belonged to Benjamin's father, this she got out and began packing her son's meagre supply of clothes. Most of his socks she had knit herself but there was his one good cotton pair that he had gotten last Christmas and of course the shoes that he wore to church on Sundays. She hated the short underwear that Felipe, like all the young men, had taken to wearing during the summer but she packed his two good pairs anyway along with his three pairs of long Johns. It was understood that he would wear his Sunday best for the trip and this too she made ready. Felipe felt better too now that he knew his mother had accustomed herself to his leaving. He had supper at Ben Junior's house the following evening and stayed talking with his brother until eight o'clock, at which time he left to call on Mona who had been expecting him and who to delight he found, had accepted the teaching position in Mary's Harbour. The following evening he called on Mr. Smith and his wife and had his first glass of whisky with the teacher. Having invited Anthony over for their last sleepover together, he left at nine o'clock to meet up with his friend. Felipe had just two more days in Southern Arm!
To Be Continued - See Chapter Forty-three
Read from the Beginning - See Chapter One

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Awkward Hug, Big 6, Butter, Buttered Biscuit, Crosby Family, Dad, Dad And Mom, Family Time, Good Luck, Hard Tack, Kingwell, Kitchen, Margarine, Newfoundland, Purity Factories, Southern Arm, Tradition

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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 Utah Jay
29th Sep 2014 (#)

There is so much detail in your work, I do hope you publish this.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Utah Jay. I do hope to publish.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Sep 2014 (#)

After reading there remains a depth of emotion Kingwell...
lingering in the air....surrounding and encompassing. ...!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia. The story continues.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Very glad it does...I will surely be reading!!!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Wonderful work my dear Kingwell. cheers!

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Next time you write a chapter, would you create a section and link back to the previous 5 chapters? 1 -- I think your readership would increase & 2 -- it would be easier for those of us following along in case we miss a chapter. Please consider it. Thanks!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl. I have been editing all the previous chapters recently and leaving a link to chapter one and than then each chapter that follows. I'll take your advice for the next chapter too.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Sep 2014 (#)

The journey of life continues as it does for all of us. I remember the days when I relocated and though the parting is tough, the challenges of the future soon preoccupy my mind. Thanks Kingwell, your writing should interest people of all ages, so publish you must as a book! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva. I hope that I can publish it someday.

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