Two “Charming” Stories

Kingwell By Kingwell, 22nd Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/37tsqv4y/
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True stories of “cures” that could never be explained.

Margaret's Toothache Mysteriously Disappears.

Margaret, together with her parents and siblings were visiting her grandparents in Middle Point. They had travelled from St. John’s to Argentia by train and then taken the coastal boat for the last six hours of the journey. It was nearly 10 PM on a Monday night when they arrived and the children were soon sent upstairs and to bed with the adults following shortly after. Everyone was tired after the trip and soon all were sleeping contentedly. It was around 1AM that the parents were awakened by Margaret’s sobs and her mother rushed to her bedside. It was a toothache and now that her mother was here, Margaret’s sobs became even louder as she told her mom about the pain. Soon all the adults were awake and grandma was downstairs busy with some home remedies for the toothache. Nothing seemed to work that night however, and soon even the other kids couldn’t sleep. Margaret’s father was getting frustrated and finally exclaimed that tomorrow he would find some pliers and pull the tooth himself! Scared by the thought, Margaret’s sobs became quieter although the pain hadn’t ceased. Her mother lay by her side for the remainder of the night and in the wee hours of the morning she fell into a fretful sleep.
The following morning her tooth was still aching, and Margaret was petrified by the thought of her father’s warning from the night before. Knowing that they may be in for another sleepless night, Grandma suggested that they pay a visit to aunt Freda, a kindly soul and one who was said to have the ability to “charm” the toothache, just as some people could “put away” warts. Soon Margaret and her mother were sitting in the rowboat as grandma, always quite skilful with the oars, rowed across the harbour to where Aunt Freda lived with her son, Fred. Aunt Freda welcomed them warmly and immediately proceeded to get the women a “cup of tea”. Learning the reason for their visit, she smiled at Margaret and said she would be glad to help. Even years later, Margaret could never remember exactly what it was that aunt Freda did, but she does recall that her tooth stopped aching that day and gave her no more trouble. Many years later she had it extracted by a dentist.

Worts No More.

Fresh from her bath, ten year old Shelly sat by Auntie Flo who was visiting from “Around the Bay” as the people of St. John’s referred to the outports. Auntie Flo who had no children and enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews, smiled warmly at her. Suddenly she noticed that the back of Shelly’s hands were covered in warts and her smile quickly turned to a frown. “Ida”, she called to her sister, “I didn’t see those warts on Shelly’s hands before”. “I know Flo” replied her sister, “Jason has them too” referring to Shelly’s younger brother who was now in the tub. “Well tell Jason to come here when he’s finished his bath, I intent to do something about this”. Ida looked at her sister, “Now Flo, don’t tell me you still believe in charms, and I didn’t think you knew anything about that stuff anyway”. “ Never mind that now Ida, just send Jason to me, and Shelly – get me some facial tissue please”. Shelly ran to get the tissue, excited now about what her aunt was planning to do. Soon Jason too was there and auntie Flo was saying “Jason, we’re going to see what we can do about those warts you and Shelley have on your hands“.
Jason, being several years younger than Shelly just stared wide eyed at his aunt. Smiling his aunt gave each of them some tissue. “ I want each of you to cough and get some spittle into that tissue, then you must put it into the stove and watch it burn”. This was exciting and Jason was looking at his aunt with awe. “ When you’ve done that” she said, “come and sit by me”. The children quickly complied and were soon sitting on either side of auntie Flo. “Now” continued their aunt, “you must stare at those warts for ten minutes, I’ll tell you when you can look away“. After a couple of minutes, Shelly was getting bored and asked how much longer. “ Keep looking at those warts” warned auntie Flo, “It’s only been two minutes yet“. After what seemed like hours, auntie Flo finally told them that the ten minutes had passed and they could now look up. By now it was time for bed, so with goodnight kisses all around the kids hurried up the stairs. The next day things returned to their normal routine and everyone forgot about the warts, all that is except auntie Flo. As she was preparing to return home just over a week later, she asked both Shelly and Jason to show her their hands. All of the warts had mysteriously disappeared, never to return!

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Aunt, Charms, Cures, Dentist, Grandparents, Kingwell, Rowboat, St Johns, Superstitutions, Tea, Train, Warts

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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 Steve Kinsman
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Lots of fun to read these. You're a good storyteller, Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

THank you Steve. Blessings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

yes you are indeed dear Kingwell...well done....

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author avatar Kingwell
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you my dear friend.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
24th Jun 2014 (#)

I have a broken tooth that gives me grief. I think I need to visit Freda. ;)

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author avatar Kingwell
24th Jun 2014 (#)

LOL! I'm afraid Freda is no longer with us, sorry. Thank you for visiting.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
25th Jun 2014 (#)

congrats on being author of the day...most well deserved...

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author avatar Kingwell
26th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank You Carolina.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jun 2014 (#)

Very interesting, but the more we "progress" and become cynical the less effective these "cures" become. You do bring the innocents of the times, Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
27th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Siva and you make a good point. Blessings.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Jun 2014 (#)

Two stories in one page make an attractive package.

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you GV.

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author avatar Retired
30th Jun 2014 (#)

interesting and thanks for share.

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Jun 2014 (#)

Thank you Anuprita.

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author avatar spirited
9th Jul 2014 (#)

interesting indeed Kingwell,

I hope this type of knowledge never disappears from those who know how to achieve these miracle cures.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks spirited.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Amazing what the mind can conquer- especially in that time when self- reliance was so very necessary...great share many thanks Kingwell!

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Jul 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia.

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