The Boy and the House

Kingwell By Kingwell, 31st Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2t_3k27v/
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The love between a boy and the house in which he grew up lasts a lifetime.

The Early Years

Once there was a boy and he lived in a very BIG house with his parents and brothers and sisters who were all much BIGGER than him, for he was younger and therefore much smaller. Now the house loved the little boy and would talk to him, and was delighted that the little boy could hear him, for none of the others could. It quickly became their secret. Sometimes he had to be careful, for if others heard him talking, and no one else was around, they would think him strange. Now the little boy loved the house too and soon they were best friends. The house was always happiest when the boy was racing through its doors, up and down the stairs and it never bothered the house when he made a lot of noise or sometimes trampled water and dirt over the floor. The boys mother however, was not so happy and this often made the house very sad.
As the boy grew the house would tell him stories, and it had many tales to tell. The boy learned that although the house was one, it was made of many parts. Sometimes the different boards would tell their story of when they had just been little saplings and where they had grown. They spoke of the other trees who grew up around them and longed for the nights when they had swayed together in the wind. Then too, they often wondered what had happened to their childhood friends. They told the boy that some had dreamt of being part of large ships that sailed to all corners of the world and hoped to see strange and wonderful things. The bricks in the chimney had their own story, even the nails, the paint, the putty and the tar on the roof would join in. All this made the boy and the house were very happy.

The Boy Leaves Home

One night when the boy had grown older, and all his siblings had left home, he lay in bed thinking of how quiet it was. “I miss the times when you came running up the stairs, shouting and laughing” the house said. The boy sighed, “I miss it too” he said, “but its only my parents now and they are old, I have to be quiet“. Suddenly a thought stuck him and he said to the house, “you are made up of many, and yet you are all one, the different trees, the bricks, nails, paint, putty and tar all come together to make the house, how can this be”? The house was silent for a moment, “someday you will know that when all things and all people work together in harmony that you too are all one“. The house watched happily as the boy fell asleep knowing that it was sheltering him from the winds and the cold outside.
As the boy grew older, he spent less and less time at home, and the house missed their conversations . He looked forward to the nights however, but the boy came home much later now, and there was little time to talk before he fell asleep. The house remained happy however and waited anxiously for his return each night, than he too would sleep, content just to be there for the boys return. One day he heard the boy talking excitedly to his parents, and as he listened, the house’s heart sank. The boy was going to a far away city and would probably get home but three or four times a year. He cried so much when the boy left that the old man had to get on the ladder and wash his windows. He knew than that he had to stop, that he was there to comfort the boys parents, and he had always prided himself on doing his job well.

The House is abandoned

As the years passed, the house saw the boy less and less, finally the parents left too and the house just stood there all alone. There was no longer anyone for him to shelter and the house became very sad. He no longer cared about his appearance and soon even his paint began to peel. Then one August day as he lay nodding, the grass growing high all around him, the house was suddenly jolted to life by the sound of laughter. He rubbed his eyes in disbelief it was the boy, he had returned and with his family! How he wished he’d taken better care of his appearance! The boy didn’t seem to mind though, and he and his two sons soon got to work. They stayed for two whole weeks and the house quickly became his old self again. Him and the boy still chatted when no one was around, but this time it was the boy who told the stories. The house was very happy again. The two weeks passed quickly but the boy had promised to return and he felt good in his fresh coat of paint.
The Boy kept his promise, at least once a year they would return and again the house felt useful and happy. Then one summer as the house waited and waited, the days became shorter and shorter, and as a cold chill began to embrace the night air, he resigned himself to the fact that the boy was not coming. When yet another summer passed without a sign of the boy or his family, the old house felt ready for retirement. Tears streamed down his face again, and this time there was no one to wash his windows. He wondered if he could still laugh but all that came out was a sigh. He pondered how long it would be before he would collapse with no one around to pick up the pieces. Still he remained for another nine years sleeping most of the time now, all hope gone just waiting for the end,

The Boy Returns

Another summer had come and the warm gentle breezes blew once more. Sometimes the old house would open it eyes to glance around the familiar landscape and the clear blue sky where the sun still shone as brightly as it had when the boys father had drove the last nail and declared the house ready for occupancy. From out of no where, came the sound of someone walking slowly through the tall grass and than the appearance of an old man, as he stopped to view the house. The house held it’s breath, there was something familiar about this man. He walked slowly now and with a stoop but when he spoke there was no denying that voice and the heart of the old house leaped for joy- it was the boy! The grey in his hair didn’t matter, the furrows in his brow meant nothing, he would always be the boy.
Laying a hand on a corner of the house, the boy whispered as he did long ago, as if his whole family might be listening, “I’m sorry old friend for neglecting you for so long but there will be plenty of time to explain. You see, I’m home to stay now and I’ll fix you up as best I can. Will you give me shelter again“? The house could not trust it’s voice to speak, it wanted instead to hug the boy, to tell him of the joy in his heart, to shout the good news to the heavens – the boy was home! That night he slept again in his old room and heard once again the wind in the trees outside. They talked until the boy, tired from his long journey, finally fell asleep. The house however was too excited to sleep, it was providing shelter for the boy again, and it was very happy.

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All One, Asleep, Best Friends, Boy, House, Kingwell, Lonely, Love, Sad, Stories, Talk, Tears Of Joy, Tears Of Sadness

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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
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Very heartwarming and touching tale, thanks Kingwell for such fertile imagination to drive home the point we are all interconnected. Such posts make sites like this worth our while.

Whether others have a soul or not, I am sure they know us in various ways. I make it a point to thank my home whenever I leave for few days and again for welcoming me later, sometimes subconsciously.

I also think of trees - how they feel when the leaves, fruits and nuts fall. They may also be looking forward to the company of birds, insects etc - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. I'm happy that you enjoyed the story. I like you idea of thanking your home. There is a walking trail near to where I live and I like to go there every day when the weather permits. It is near the ocean and in the distance I can see small boats and sometimes larger ones. I can also see some of the small islands which dot the landscape. I was born and spent my childhood years on one such island but one just beyond my vision. The island is abandoned now except for a few summer homes. It is nearly twenty years since I've been there but maybe I'll get to return again for a few hours someday. I live to speak quietly to the birds and other life that I see there. I sometimes touch the trees and speak softly or ponder the small pebbles on the beach wondering of the stories it could tell of the harsh winder nights and the waves crashing against the shore. I think I'm getting carried away here Siva my friend. We live in such different environments yet we seem like kindred spirits. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Yes Kingwell, we both are kindred spirits in many ways.

I bid goodbye to the plants in front of my apartment when I leave. I connect with all and wish them well in every way. After all, they weather the climate without shelter; in fact they are the shelter that we take for granted! siva

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author avatar Aim4thestars
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Wow! Sort of reminiscent of the giving tree but with a much better ending! I liked it a lot! Very creative! I liked when the house cried his windows needed to be washed. There's something so creative about that! Very nice job!
-Aim

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author avatar Aim4thestars
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Wow! Sort of reminiscent of the giving tree but with a much better ending! I liked it a lot! Very creative! I liked when the house cried his windows needed to be washed. There's something so creative about that! Very nice job!
-Aim

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you so much for visiting and for your comment Aim4thestars. I'm always pleased when someone appreciates my work. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Great job, Kingwell, this story really resonates with readers! Thanks for sharing!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar M G Singh
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Very touching tale. Loved it

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank You Madan. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
1st Aug 2015 (#)

what a beautiful story

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Aug 2015 (#)

poignantly beautiful Kingwell...!

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Hi Delicia, So happy to see you again! Thank you for your comment. Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
1st Aug 2015 (#)

A good story with a sentiment.

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author avatar Kingwell
2nd Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you GV. Blessings.

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author avatar peachpurple
9th Aug 2015 (#)

that is a very good story that touched my heart, it felt like the house is immortal as people do age. Did the boy passed away in the old house?

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you peachpurple. I have ended the story here - you must decide if the boy passes away in the old house. Blessings.

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
9th Aug 2015 (#)

(clapping)...now I have more reason to greet our dwelling place everytime we leave and return!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you SaigonDeManila. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the story. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Great story, somehow it made me think of an old house that I lived in when I was younger. I have long to go back and see what that house looks like now. Thanks for writing. God Bless!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Thank you breandamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Jojay
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Kingwell,
Thank you for a wonderful story about your house! Brought back so many memories. I loved the part about the boy fixing up the house. I wish my sisters and I could have fixed up the home place after my parents died. But it was not too be. Too many expenses, and so we had to sell it.
Back then, we didn't have much (in the way of material things) but we had our house. Each part of it held its own special memory. My only regret when I married, my parents 'remodeled' it and made it look like every other house in the neighborhood. Gone is the window seat with the morning glories outside the livingroom window and the stained glass windows in the diving room, with its 10 foot ceiling. The hall with its white open stairway and diamond-shaped window on the first landing landing--but all of the things that made it special were changed when my folks remodeled. High ceilings, came down to conserve heat, the window seat taken out for a place for the TV, the open stairway closed up to conserve warmth, and so on until until we had a modern house. Although I still loved going home when my parents were alive, it wasn't the house of my childhood.
But no matter, my parents lived to their early eighties, and left my husband, son and I with many happy times of family dinners. (Their house is still there, but they aren't, and I cannot bear to see it with its new owners. My mind trapped the house in amber the way it was growing up, and that's good enough for me.

Thanks for sharing, I like your writing style. Should been a Star Page.

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author avatar Kingwell
16th Sep 2015 (#)

Thank you so much Jojay. I am so pleased that you liked this. Sorry about your house having to be sold but at least you have your memories. Blessings.

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author avatar Judy Ellen
11th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for this very imaginative and heart wrenching story.

In 2013 we had to give up the country home that we loved and lived in after my husband and I married in 2007 because my husband could no longer keep his job due to physical problems and we could not pay the property taxes! I deeded my half of this home over to my son so now he and his new family can enjoy it. My son is such a hard working young man and I am so happy that he can enjoy our country home.

It breaks my heart that I can no longer live in the country but I know we did the right thing and with God's help I will come to terms with what my life is now.

My exe who owns the other half of the house has pancreatic cancer so my son will eventually buy his half.

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author avatar Kingwell
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Thank you for commenting my friend. I'm sorry that you had to give up the house that you loved but at least your son is enjoying it. Blessings.

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