The boy and the seagull

The story tells of a young coble fisherman Tom Lawson who is also a coxswain on the life boat Pegasus in Cullercoats. His father drowned saving the life of a little girl and he wants to follow in his father's footsteps. the story is set in the early fifties a time of sexual revolution and rock and roll. Tom meets Eva a girl who wants the best- brought up on Howdon road she dreams of a better life. She works as a packer at Tyne Brand on North Shields Fish Quay- Tom the handsome Teddy boy with his drapes and crepe shoes charms the young Eva - they end up getting married but things don't run smoothly for the couple who have a son together but he is be-felled with a fever which leaves him unable to hear. This is a story of love-of heartache-and triumph over adversity. This is a story to warm your heart and one i'm sure that you will enjoy.

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“Well there you go then if a left hand man can be an MP then there is hope for our son.

Tom looked at his son and smiled Tim smiled back at his father.

“Nice said his father making yum, yum noises but Tim did not respond.

Have you told your mother yet?

“No Tom I haven’t.’

“I have to go visit my mother tomorrow; I will take Tim with me.’

“Does she respond when she see’s Tim.’

“I feel as if she does because she smiles when she see’s him.’

“Maybe in her mind Tim reminds her of me in some way. It’s like Tim has connected with her.

“That’s good isn’t it?’

It’s funny because Tim goes straight to her; it’s as if he knows instinctively who she is and she him.’

He takes her hand and holds it Eva it’s amazing to see actually.’

Well if you are going to visit your mam then I shall go visit my parents.

“I have to tell them about Tim and I would rather do it alone.’

“Okay, do you want me to pick you up after or are you walking home.’

“I will walk.’

“We could ask your mam to babysit and we could go out?

“No, I don’t want to go out Tom.’

“Come on Eva, we haven’t been out in ages, we could go to the Plaza or the Oxford if you like.’

“I told you Tom, I don’t want to go out with you.’

“Well I’m sick of staying in night after night.’

“You shouldn’t have got me pregnant and what’s more with a deaf kid to boot.’

“You don’t mean that Eva do you?’

“My life has been ruined Tom. I cannot go anywhere now, I cannot work or see my friends like I used to. All because you are on call and would have to dash off at a minutes notice. I am trapped Tom; I never planned this; my life has been put on hold and now more so because our son cannot hear.

 “You really blame me for that; don’t you?’

“Yes; you knew that I wanted to have children later but you didn’t take precautions did you?

“I’m sorry you feel like that Eva, I really do but I love Tim hearing or not. He is my boy and just because he doesn’t hear me doest mean he cant feel the love I have for him.

“Do you not realise the kind of life our son is facing Tom; children can be cruel and when he starts school he will certainly be bullied.

“It doesn’t mean that he cannot learn.’

“There are hundreds of deaf children who have gone on to fame and fortune.

 

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