Nonpareil education opens door to invaluable reunion

Submitted into Contest #21 in response to: Just before Christmas, a long-lost relative you've never heard of enters your life. ... view prompt

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Holiday

Back far as I can remember, yours truly always wanted a sister. Adopted y most resplendent mother since birth, I never met, nor knew biological kith and/or kin existed. Passage of time diminished fervent hankering, yet every now and again curiosity flickered regarding biologically related kindred folks. Unbeknownst to this narrator, an equally strong pang inspired Miss Ann Thrope. Ever since she became aware of how her biological sibling got adopted courtesy separate adoptive parents, her near lifelong mission impossible comprised trying to track down one or all her never before met brother hithertofore and otherwise known as Rick Loose. The apt appellation fit me to a "T." Ever since being a little boy (growing up nsync with untamed wilderness), a strong preference for solitude prevailed. Some people (quick to judge) might play skeptic upon learning how other animal species provided survival of the fittest skills. Most instances necessitating some degree of socialization, never goads aspects concerning mine very atypical physical environment (think Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling). Such disparate personal experiences during formative years growing up feral long since became sublimated with ordinary human behavior. Just by chromosomal quirk, thy reflective, pensive, contemplative... general disposition, would find thine older self not remarkably differentiated compared to noble savage as delineated courtesy Jean Jacques Rousseau, whose insight arose from his being a Genevan philosopher, writer and composer. His political philosophy influenced the progress of the Enlightenment throughout Europe, as well as aspects of the French Revolution and the development of modern political, economic and educational thought. Despite adapting to the rigors of primitive existence scant contact with educated intelligentsia opportunistically, quixotically, and serendipitously did gratefully buzzfeed insatiable appetite for valuable knowledge. Even as purportedly oblivious infant, baby boy, young lass, et cetera, an inherent awakening arose instilling overactive networked gray matter to cogitate hyper awareness. Nomad her chance infrequent interactions occurred encountering supposedly so called "civilized" encounters, these every now and again haphazard circumstances availed deliverance out the bane of my ignorance. Lady luck plus instinctually keen sixth sense, (not necessarily gifting thyself to see dead people) sustained most straight and true natively intelligent person. Gut feeling nsync with trusted intuition guided vulnerabilities toward divine enlightenment, and experiencing spiritual communion with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Antiestablishmentarianism activist propensity somehow embedded itself within fibers of my very being. Astute observance whereby due respect all living things seemed naturally integrated within essence predicated on living in the present, and being keenly aware of danger that would threaten kinship with the earth. Various and sundry close calls nearly compromising infinitesimal self importance (predominantly when crossing paths with reckless frontier intruders) summoned quick, nifty, insightful... creative tactics to thwart impending disaster. Unlike brutal mindset motivating marauders (think and/or see aforesaid encroaching unwelcome guests), the indigenous peoples (dispersed across the primordial swath of virgin land) non verbally communicated volumes of information plus conveying immediate trust, though disinclined to fawn over mine muscularly strong physiognomy. Vital tips regarding edible plants including their juicy fruit and gummy sensation, secluded hideaways, or techniques to fabricate appurtenances against hostile beasts, (particularly including Homo sapiens), I counted as dogsends. Interaction with unforgiving predators oft times tilted victory on my behalf. Dependence upon comprehending rudimentary arithmetic and linguistic abilities necessitated scenting out compassionate souls, who oft times usually favored women and/or above average children.

A growing captivation toward alien nations untenable Holiday trappings (once upon a time acknowledging paganism) drew irrepressible temptation (mine) to play daredevil (particularly while in the Ozark Mountains). Breed of fancifully clad people appeared most approachable during the last two months comprising their Gregorian based calendar. I gleaned said trivial tidbit, while notating multi diverse tribes all year round. Thus strategy woke within me to venture a gambit and risk life and limb feigning deaf mute person, whose ability to speak clearly would understandably be comprised. Attention got focused on nearby settlement, where thicket of once dense unbroken woodland gave way to cultivated field linkedin to agricultural cottage industry. Ah...me thought to "fake" acting the role of recent immigrant, albeit lacking the means to hear and/or give pep talk. Such ploy would hoop fully diminish any suspicion (if aroused), some unusual characteristic trait. Upon predetermined kickstarted capital one venture, I (this cure re:us joker) stealthily hedged upon exit strategy if quick unexpected getaway needed instant activation. Thus began series of fortunate events, that far surpassed any positive outcome. A young couple with small children in tow seemed a safe bet. Nonchalance coaxed me out from within edge of night dividing so called barbaric versus civilized, which comparison predicated upon whether recluse or supposed sophisticate critically assessed. I waved friendly hello, while within observable distance. A reciprocal acknowledgement greeted me, which initial friendly exchange naturally encouraged polite conversation. Hand gestures immediately employed to convey difficulty to hear and/or comprehend. Spur of the moment solution found me picking up pointed stick. I wrote my name indicating basic training with English alphabet acquired, unbeknownst to acquaintance self taught. A warm overture displayed spur of the moment offer as guest (you dear reader guessed correctly i.e. me) to partake amidst Christmas good n plenti eats. The feted occasion also included additional relations, who got summarily informed simultaneously regarding audiological handicap - mine. No dark shadow of doubt arose between myself nor honorable village people. Nonetheless, I vigilantly maintained studied guardedness, plus restrained any automatic reflex if my name got ejaculated. My unexpected presence seemed to provoke barrage of rapid fire queries concerning mein kampf. Pencil and paper willingly handed over when fingers pantomimed scribbling in the air. Rather than spill the beans and divulge (at least not then, while comfortably seated) regarding remarkable, (perhaps unbelievable account) practically nurtured thru courtesy mother nature. She taught me (a quick study) about multitudinous flora and fauna. Animals unused to (and/or) most likely averse to commingle with human beings, somehow sensed yours truly pegged as gentle creature. Visa versa, an atavistic trait prevailed within myself to assimilate, communicate, gravitate... toward mutual (of Omaha) instantaneous trust. Despite deliberate effort to reign in any indication housing vast experience dwelling within untrammeled tracts of healthy forest, a keen awareness hinted that said aforementioned fib (dumbly afflicted without means to hear, who also hailed from afar), no pun intended but simple exchange fell on deaf ears. Time and again one person or another seemed to sideline and trick (essentially trip up) awkward predicament. Though hungry stomachs growled, there appeared an incessant, indefatigable, insistent... ambition to hoodwink me. A sigh of relief arose when everybody (minus me) turned to the heavy wooden door after loud tapping sounds heard. Even greater easiness experienced, when whomever came knocking raised puzzlement, and similar scrutiny as arose toward myself. Nobody amidst the gathering ever saw, nor knew unfamiliar attractive gal, who some magical fate brought her to boondocks location. Unbeknownst the secretive network employed when she became cognizant of rumored baby brother left to fend for himself when merely tender (albeit strong of body, mind and spirit) infant, whose disappearance (surmised within these neck of woods) witnessed both appealing father and mother going to their respective graves never solving the mystery. Although general census concluded the little boy probably long since served as tasty morsel, while he did bungle in the jungle. Stoic sister never gave up her inner hunch, that lad (now grown young man) heartily throve. No protestation arose, when assertive gal gently coaxed her entry past the doorjamb. How she knew to pinpoint search at this precise abode being dumbfounded, mystified, and suddenly loose lipped. Analogous (yet quite dissimilar phenomena) astounded if these myopic eyes would reckon lichen to find moss growing on southside (Johnny and Ashberry Jukes) of trees. As ye cannot imagine hosannas reverberated roof to root cellar of dwelling, whereat when synopsis saga told the welcoming hospitable folk, they (interestingly enough) found themselves speechless. If paparazzi present at that quaint (Currier and Ives age, Thomas Kinkade, Norman Rockwell...) sensational story would flood the media, and invariably crafted into bestseller and attendant movie for the big silver screen.

December 24, 2019 21:42

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