The Constant Chatter Chapter Twenty-Four

Kingwell By Kingwell, 22nd Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2fn0ttxw/
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I prepare to enter Junior High but I'm very concerned over my friend Noah.

Worries Over Noah.

I feel like I’m starting a new chapter in my life and it’s probably true. I’ll be in Grade 7 when school begins next week and that means Junior High. It also means going to a new school with a lot of kids that I haven’t known before. Danny will be there of course, and most of my other friends. I’m also concerned about Noah, he has changed a lot in the past year and I rarely see him anymore. He and Mitchell had been best friends until Mitchell’s dad got transferred to Detroit last fall, after that he was a bit of a loner. When we got the news last Christmas that Mitchell had leukemia, Noah’s father took him to Detroit to visit his best friend and although Mitchell’s health had deteriorated, the two were happy to be together again, if only for a few days.
Mitchell’s death in late March devastated Noah, his whole world fell apart and his grades dropped drastically. Danny and I tried to include him in everything that we did, but the old Noah that we knew was gone. When Danny or I saw him at all during the summer, it was in the company of older boys who were always getting into trouble. Once we saw Noah and an older kid smoking a cigarette behind our old school. Before leaving Noah threw a rock, breaking a window. Neither of the boys had seen us and both ran away laughing. I keep wishing that I could help Noah but I don’t know how to go about it. Danny says it’s his life and if it’s what he wants, we should just forget about him. I keep thinking about how I would feel if it had been Danny and I just know that he’s angry about Mitchell’s death, probably angry with everyone, especially God.
Why would a loving God allow Mitchell to die so young? That’s a question I’ve asked a hundred times in the past few months, and no one seems to have an answer. Maybe Mitchell’s family are right and there is no God. Maybe it’s all a fairy tale that someone made up long ago. Noah’s family told him that God needed Mitchell to sing in the heavenly choir, but that made Noah even angrier if that was possible. He stormed out of the house saying he’s sure Mitchell would rather be here with him. He even cursed at his dad and said he doesn’t believe in God anymore and he would never go to church again-not ever. Since then, their relationship has been all downhill. I asked mom and dad but they said that we don’t understand these things now and we just have to accept them. I don’t want to accept it – and I know that Noah doesn’t either, I need to understand. Danny just says we should leave it and move on, that there probably isn’t an answer anyway. Maybe he’s right, but I sure wish we could help Noah before he gets into big trouble.
TO BE CONTINUED See Chapter Twenty-Five
See Chapter One

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Anger, Church, Death Of Best Friend, Family, God, Junior High, Kingwell, Problem Child, Seeking Answers, Smoking

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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 Retired
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Another great chapter I will be sharing on twitter! Keep it up. You are a good writer and a pleasant respectful person who sets a good example for this site.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. I really appreciate your comments. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

not really a good psychological thing to say to a child about death. Perhaps the kids need to talk about it for their own healing. They may even need a trauma specialist to help them through it.

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Carol. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

I go back to my school days when one of my friends was missing when school reopened. Later I heard he had died of nasal cancer - so I know how Noah feels about life.

Thanks Kingwell for sharing such thoughtful stories with us - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva.Such things happen and it's just a part of life but difficult for kids to understand. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Good chapter, Kingwell! You're a talented writer!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
22nd Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Yes ~ untimely death is difficult for children and adults to understand.

Thanks for another great segment ~ Kingwell. Blessings.

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author avatar Kingwell
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Thanks Helen, It is difficult for everyone but I think especially so for children. Blessings.

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