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A Most Unusual Boy
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A boy whose father was a sojourner, a traveler, a lifelong seeker and student of humanity and wisdom is now a young man. On the verge of manhood, he sets out to trace his father's footsteps, and see what he can learn. Armed with gifts from many, and with an innate ability to notice thoughtfully all he encounters and to trust his guidance from within, he sets off on a magical journey, trusting, learning, and finding his truth and destiny along the way.

He seems indeed, a most unusual boy, and has a great deal to teach us, as we follow his journey. The reader may find, however, that though this youth seems unusual in his ability to trust and notice, perhaps this nature is within all of us, should we choose to embrace it.

Youths and adults alike will delight in this magical book of personal, temporal and mystical discovery!

 

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INTRODUCTION

Openness, trust, and a willingness to listen to the guidance we receive from within and without, combined with discernment, is so important for all of us- no matter our age in years. And though in today's world, so full of distractions, our young protagonist may seem to be a quite unusual boy, I believe we all, deep inside us, possess his ability to learn from experience and inner wisdom. Perhaps in time, as we as a species "wake up" and transform, he will not seem such an unusual boy at all!

We can learn much from our life-journey, if we are paying attention.

And now, whether you are a youth or a "grown-up," please enjoy A Most Unusual Boy.

The author

CHAPTER 1

PRELUDE TO THE JOURNEY

Thomas was an unusual boy. He wasn't much like the other boys and girls who lived near him in the village. When they would come and ask him to play tag and other games he told them, "Thank you, no. Perhaps another time." Finally the children ceased to ask him to come and play, for Thomas preferred to be on his own.

Instead of playing with the other children, he often read a book. He preferred the sort of books which took him away to a far away place, books which were set in a strange land, or a place of magic and imagination. Often, he would just sit under a tree or in a chair, sit, and simply stare into space.

His mother would scold him and say, "Go out and play, Thomas. You need the fresh air!" This is what his mother thought of his behavior.

And what did the other children in his village think? To be quite honest, they thought him a little odd. It was amazing that they did not tease him terribly much, as children want to do when someone is a little different. Mostly, they just left him alone, having tired his refusals of play in their games.

Thomas ignored the admonishment of his mother, and the whispers and furtive faces the children made when they passed by his house or his special reading tree. He would continue reading or staring, and close his eyes and imagine the places he read about in his books.

Many times, he would think of new places where stories might be set and imagine himself as any number of characters in stories which began to take place, to develop in his mind at a very early age. As soon as he could read he began to do this. I guess you would call him a dreamer.

His mother would scold him, "Thomas, dreamers never come to any good!" She would want to say, "Remember how your father turned out!" But she would bite her tongue, not wanting to create an image in the boy's mind of his father as someone not to be looked up to. You see, the father in this family had died when Thomas was very young, and ever since then it had just been the boy and his mother inhabiting their little cottage.

Well, Thomas's father had been very much like Thomas. Or Thomas was like he. It does not seem possible that Thomas could have modeled himself after his father, for his father had died when Thomas was just a small baby. Nevertheless, they were indeed so very much alike!

Thomas had the same hazel eyes of his father, and they would change colors, seeming indiscriminately, or perhaps they changed with his mood. Alternately, they would be gray, blue, green, or brownish. It was a strange quality, but somehow compelling, fascinating, and just a little disarming.

Thomas's mother had loved this quality in Thomas' father in the early days of her courtship with him. She had known the boy's father was a dreamer, but she thought as many lovers think, that perhaps she could change him, that he might turn out to be the responsible husband and father she hoped for. But alas, it was not to be.

The boy's father, one day when Thomas was still a baby, went off on one of his study trips, as he called them. During these trips, he would go to places where something interested him, and spend time researching, nose buried in dusty books in some place academia, or buried in his own sketch pad.

The places he went to on his study trips were places of interest, places where something had happened long ago, places which peeked his curiosity. As a rule, after he had spent a good while studying, then home he would come and write about these things.

He wrote books that not too many people read, for they were for the most part what was called self published. Consequently, the family was nearly bankrupt due to the cost of printing these books!

When Thomas's father would finish writing the text for a book, he would illustrate the book beautifully, and sometimes he would write a little story just for Thomas. When Thomas was small, his father would read these stories to him at bedtime. They were not only wonderful stories, but were embellished with beautiful, fanciful illustrations.

These books were all Thomas had left of his father now, for on one of his trips, Thomas's father had met an unfortunate end. He had been accosted by robbers, by dangerous highwaymen, on the way home, after visiting the spot where many said an ancient palace lay.

At this spot, there could be seen the ruins of the palace walls, jutting out from the earth. Thomas's father had gone there to study, to find out all he could about this place of wonder. On the way home he had been accosted by these men and killed on the road. He never returned home to Thomas and his mother, though they eventually received word of his demise, after a long and upsetting time of waiting to hear some news of him.

Understandably, Thomas' mother had a dim view of dreamers after what happened to her husband. Despite the frustrations that came with being the wife of a dreamer, she loved her husband very much, and losing him had been difficult for her. In fact, it broke her heart. So, the fact that her son was so very much like his father, a dreamer, a chip off the old block, as they say, was a constant source of worry for her.

In fact, she viewed dreamers and writers of books which are destined to become dusty relics, writers of books destined to be read by only a few, as a most dangerous sort of person. Writers like this, dreamers like this, in her view were persons destined to break hearts and ruin lives.

She saw all the signs of being a dreamer in her son, Thomas. They were all there, and she was not happy!

She asked herself over and over again in her mind, "What can be the cause of this tendency to dream? What is the cause of it in my son? He is, after all, all I have left in this world. Whatever shall I do to save him? I cannot bear for him to meet a fate like that of his father!"

She thought and thought, and suspected more and more, it had something to do with books.

Still, she loved Thomas, and knew how much he loved books. She knew that he could not be happy without them. So, despite all her fears, she saw that he got to the next town, where a wealthy old gentleman and his kindly wife allowed Thomas to borrow the books he so loved. And, poor as they were, she provided Thomas with pencils and paper on which to draw the sketches which even now resembled the artistry of her husband. She was torn. She knew that her son was gifted, but she also knew what the gift meant, what she feared it meant.

Well, things went on very much as they had been for many years, and Thomas the odd boy grew to become a young man. The mother struggled to keep a roof over their heads and food on their plates. And as for Thomas, he felt a yearning to go out and see the world. He wondered, would it be as full as magic and delight as the world he read about in his beloved books?

2002, Michael D. Purvis

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