Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel) – Book Three, Chapter One, Part Three

Jonathan’s Wish (An Adventure Novel)

(Copyright 1984, Mark D. Jones, All Rights Reserved)

Book Three, Chapter One, Part Three

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Thomas came into the kitchen from working in the soybean fields, where he found Julia preparing lunch and asked, “Where’s my father?  I saw his car in the drive.  He’s not with Jonathan, is he?”

“Why, yes, the two of them took a walk to the forest beyond the wheat field about 30 minutes ago.  I packed them a snack for their hike, and I really don’t know when to expect them back – probably for dinner I suppose.  Here, I’ve fixed lunch for us, a couple of sandwiches, chips and salads.  Go ahead and sit down, I’ll set the table.”

Julia’s husband pulled out a chair and sat down with a stern look on his face, “You know, I really don’t like the idea of the two of them spending time together, Julie, and certainly not alone.  My father’s not a good influence on the boy, and will only end up filling his head with wacky ideas of adventures and far away lands.  What Jonathan needs to do is to start applying himself in school, and I hope one day he gets an Ag Degree and takes over the farm – you know I can’t do this forever by myself.  I’ve busted my butt after taking the farm over from my father when I got out of high school, and I’ve been at it ever since.  The only way our family will ever stay afloat is if the progress I’ve made continues on through Jonathan.  If he doesn’t take over some day, I’ll never be able to retire, and I’ll be working the fields until the day I drop.”

“Have you ever told Jonathan what you just told me, Tom?” asked Julie.  “How is he to ever know your thoughts if you never spend time with your son?  Besides, I think your resentment against your father should be considered water under the bridge, don’t you?  It’s been many years now since you were growing up, and my guess is you secretly wished David had taken you with him on his adventures whenever possible – I think that’s the crux of the issue.  Just speak honestly to your son, Tom, but realize he’s not you.  You can’t force him to choose his path in life just because it’s what you want.  He’s got to want it for himself, and he’ll never know what you think, if you don’t speak honestly and openly with him.  Besides, I’m sure your son would be glad to tell you all the reasons why he loves adventures, and he might even change your mind.”

“Well, honestly, Julie, I would have loved to have gone on adventures with my father, but it’s too late for that now.  You know I need Jonathan to take over the farm one day, otherwise, what am I working so hard for?  I just think my father’s filling his head with ideas that can’t and won’t come true.  You know how he is, always talking about places far away and other worlds and all.  Who believes in all that?  It’s just a bunch of nonsense if you ask me, and a waste of time.  Jonathan needs to do well in school, that’s what he needs.”

“If you keep up this hard line approach, Tom, you’ll lose your son – don’t you see that?  He’ll be out of here the day he graduates from high school, and will run off on an adventure so fast it’ll make your head spin, and we’re not likely to see him again for a very long time.  He won’t be here to get an Ag Degree, and won’t take over the farm, so you should mellow out and be honest with him about your concerns.  You know, there may even be a way for him to enjoy adventures, do well in school, get an Ag Degree one day, and take over the farm.  Why, I’d even like to go on an adventure with Jonathan, where’s the harm in that?  You could have the whole deal that way, your son, a good student, and a way to save the farm in the future.  You know he loves this farm.”

“I see your point, Julie, but I’d have to think about it.  Do you really think that could work?”

“I do, Tom, and Jonathan’s a reasonable kid, as is his Grandfather.  I think they’d both be on board if you just talked to them and offered up a plan.  You know, Jonathan would love to go on an adventure with you, he’d be thrilled.  You’d also be able to bond with him, like you always wanted to do with your father when you were younger.  Oh, and by the way, David mentioned something that I don’t really understand.  He mentioned the words ‘Talgarth’ and ‘Talgar’ – have you ever heard of them before?  Something about an image of an oak tree set within the sun.  Maybe they’re from your past.  Think about it, I’d like to know if you remember anything, anything at all…”

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