LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON

The story focuses on three families. The Kinnear's, The Millsap's, and the Owen's. All different. They live very different lifestyles. Albert Kinnear the Librarian, who's parents came from Swindon but live in Pinetree Gardens, his father Jack is an engineer. He is a keen gardener and Pigeon fancier. Albert meets the daughter of Charlie and Elizabeth Millsap. They live on Kenton Road, in a bought property. He also is a pigeon man who has wangled his way into a chairman's job. he is a welder down the docks. No one is good enough for their daughter and they resent the relationship between Laura and Albert. Then there is William Owen(Willick) a roofing builder who lives in Cedarwood Avenue with two son's and a daughter. Alan is a jack the lad; he will sleep with any woman given the chance. Harry the youngest is a joiner and the brains in the family. Evelyn his daughter is twenty five and her father is pushing her to meet a man and get married so he can have grandchildren.

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Albert led his wife back to the car and they drove away.

“Well I think that went well don’t you?’

“We may have a long wait Laura so don’t go building your hopes up.’

“It is lovely around here isn’t it?’

“Yes it is, would you like to stop off somewhere for lunch?’

“That would be nice.

They stopped at a pub restaurant called the Feathers Inn near Hedley on the hill. It had stunning views of the countryside.

They had a glass of wine with the house special that day which was roast pork with roast potatoes and a medley of steamed vegetables and a Yorkshire pudding.’

 For dessert they had a slice of apple pie with vanilla ice cream.

After their meal they had a walk around the village where they saw a market and they went around the various stalls of homemade cakes, honey and jams. Laura saw a nice chocolate cake for her father and bought it. Albert bought some homemade strawberry jam for his mother and a jar of honey. They spent the afternoon walking around the village then went back to the car. Laura had asked Albert to drive them to the Cornerstone in his car because his car looked more impressive than her Volvo 66. Albert spent an hour washing and waxing it before driving to Hexham. The weather was nice considering it was nearly the end of February, there was a cold breeze that reminded them that spring was not quite here yet. The birds were beginning to collect twigs and bits of straw from a nearby farm to build a nest with. All along the hedgerows snow drops, crocuses, and blue bells had started spouting. The newly formed buds on the trees were beginning to open.

Laura seemed really happy today and he hoped that now the adoption process had begun Laura would return to some kind of normality, they hadn’t made love since she came home. Albert never broached the question. He knew that it would take a while before things got back to normal so to speak. He just had to be patient the doctor told him. Albert had gone to see his GP and had asked him why his wife was rejecting him. She had made him sleep in the spare room saying that she needed time to adjust after the loss of her son whom she had named Charles Edward Millsap Kinnear. He was buried in Preston Cemetery in North Shields.

Every weekend they drove to the graveside to tend the grave and to replace flowers into the vases. The black marble headstone had a teddy bear on the right hand corner. She sat there talking away to the child for an hour as if he were still alive. It was always Albert who told her that they should be going or she would not have left. The tears flowed down her cheeks as she said goodbye to her son and then got back into the car.

 They drove slowly down to the exit seeing a large group of people waiting by the crematorium for the next funeral. As much as it pained him to go each week, he still went. 

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