Felipe Moore - Chapter Thirty-Nine

Kingwell By Kingwell, 10th Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/bga2z30i/
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Felipe and Mona have mixed feelings on the last day of school.

A Sense of Relief

It was a long sleepless night for both Felipe and Mona. Felipe cried until no more tears would come, partly from the relief that came with finally sharing with another human being that which he had bottled up within him for years and partly because by putting it into words he was letting go of the last vestige of hope that somehow things might change. It reminded him of how he felt the first time he heard his mother say that there was no Santa Claus. He had known it for some time but somehow hearing his mother say it was different - just so final. Mona too cried as she hugged Felipe wishing with all her heart that there was a way to make it all go away. She wanted to tell him that it was all right, that he was a wonderful person and that was all that mattered but she knew it went much deeper than that. Instead she whispered that she would always be his friend that she would stand by him no matter what the future held and would never divulge his secret to anyone. Felipe held her tightly a sense of relief and even freedom sweeping over him. He felt lighter then he had in years - why had he not trusted his feelings before?

The Last Day of School

Felipe did not attend school on Wednesday but both he and Mona were back in the classroom on Thursday. The teacher was relieved to see them but still concerned that the loss of her mother so suddenly might affect Mona's ability to do well in the following week's exams. Watching his two star pupils however, he was convinced that there being together was the key to the success of both and although there were no romantic overtones there was a closeness between the two that he had rarely seen before. He knew that Felipe had been with Mona for almost the entire time since her mother's death and whatever their feelings for each other, he was convinced that they had found an intimacy that went beyond human sexuality, perhaps even bordering the spiritual. Friday afternoon saw school dismissed for the summer but unlike other years the day held mixed feelings for the two graduates. While completing high school was a dream come true, there was a sadness that a part of their life was ending, their childhood was now behind them and that meant accepting the responsibilities of adulthood and even Mona and Felipe could not escape the sense of uneasiness as one steps into the unknown. They did not however forget the teacher who had worked with them so tirelessly, especially during the last three years. Felipe expressed his utmost gratitude that ended with a firm handshake while Mona gave him an emotional hug and a kiss on the cheek then quickly turned her head so that he would not see the tears in her eyes.

The Teacher Reminisces

Alonzo Smith watched as Felipe and Mona made their way down the hill toward their respective homes and for the first time in his life remained alone in the classroom for nearly an hour on the last day of a school year! He felt what he could only describe as a glow in his heart; a feeling of achievement that he knew did not come often to teachers in one-room schools in outport Newfoundland. There was no doubt in his mind that Felipe and Mona would do very well in the grade eleven exams and wished that they had the resources to continue their education at Memorial University in St. John's. He knew however, that this was not the case, just as it had not been possible for him some twenty years earlier. Satisfied that he had done his part and that both were well prepared for the 'school of life', he finally left for home. Some forty feet from his house, he met Anthony Barnes on his way to Felipe's house. The boy smiled and the teacher remembered that he would be in grade nine next year which meant that he would have another student writing the CHE exams. He had been thinking so much about Felipe and Mona that he'd almost forgotten how well Anthony was doing in school. In the past two years the boy, although like all young teenagers was still up for a laugh often at the teacher's expense, was usually very well-mannered in school - a much needed relief from those who showed no interest in learning and who couldn't wait to be old enough to quit school forever. Smiling, the teacher entered his home happy that the next school year would not be without its challenges and knowing too that he would give Anthony the same support that he had given Mona and Felipe. Being a teacher had its rewards even if it was not reflected in a salary of less then a hundred dollars a month!
To be continued - See Chapter Forty
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Adulthood, Childhood Memories, Concern, Freedom, High School, Hugs, Kingwell, Life-Long Dream, Memorial University, Sadness, Schoolteacher

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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 Phyl Campbell
10th Sep 2014 (#)

Nice continuation. A few typos to note:
"he was convinced that there being together" (should be "their")
"Being a teacher had its rewards even if it was not reflected in a salary of less then a hundred dollars a month! " ("then" should be "than")
And this sentence that runs on a bit: " In the past two years the boy, although like all young teenagers was still up for a laugh often at the teacher's expense, was usually very well-mannered in school - a much needed relief from those who showed no interest in learning and who couldn't wait to be old enough to quit school forever."
(not sure how I'd fix it; I'm also really bad at running on -- just like I talk!!)

I don't recall seeing things from the teacher's POV before. It's always interesting seeing things from different POVs.

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl, especially for picking up on the typos - I do appreciate that as I can make the corrections for later publication. I'll work on that long running sentence too. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
11th Sep 2014 (#)

the epic continues...well done Kingwell...

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Carolina. So happy you are still following.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Awesome mate, cheers!

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank Fern. Happy that you are enjoying it.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Kingwell powerful ending to either the chapter or even perhaps the book?...as Felipe and Mona leave their childhood behind they are changed forever...the village life remains seemingly unchanged- as of yet- by time...as is underscored through the teachers narrative...brilliant! Now I will wait to see- book two or chapter 40...thanks Kingwell...

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks Delicia. There will be a Chapter Forty. I always enjoy your comments.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Sep 2014 (#)

This resonates with me too, Kingwell. I remember my leaving High School and I was very emotional as was my teacher. We leave one world for another, sort of.

I have many in my family who shone as teachers and were well liked. It was my calling but I was influenced by others to take a different direction as teaching profession was not rewarding financially. I did have few stints though and I recollect the days especially one when I met a lady and I couldn't recollect her and she told me I had taught her Finance & Accounting for few months! That was touching to be remembered with affection and that too by a beautiful lady! siva

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva and I always enjoy your comments. Teaching is indeed a noble profession and very rewarding though perhaps not financially.

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