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Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)
- TITLE: Lesson in Lordship
By Jessica Smith
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Pulling the old black vehicle into the driveway, the dark black bricks shone underneath the house light. The 1600’s terraced house was built by his ancestors who fought for the land on which it was built. It sat on the side of a sloping green hill side, dotted with other cottages and bigger manors of all colors and designs overlooking Belvoir Valley.
Rattling himself back into reality, Wallace blinked and realized he was sitting at the kitchen table with his cousin Annie, and her Great Uncle William Sutherland II. Annie looked more like an Irish lass, with red coppery hair, and white milky skin, her blue eyes danced in excitement as if anticipating some sort of a present. “Annie, what is this that I am eating?”
“Oh that? That’s black puddin’ guv. It’ll not hurt you none.”
“Black pudding? It tastes like fried dirt worms.”
“Close enough, but Mum makes it outta fried pigs blood and fat. She rolls it, and we eat it every Saturday Morn’ with Bangers and Mash.”
Swallowing the stomach acid back into his gut, Wallace could hardly keep from vomiting all over the table. Grabbing his mug, he drank down the rest of his goat’s milk. No doubt he would be going home thirty pounds lighter. Uncle William had always visited New York during the Holidays, but why was it so important that he come here? Having it be his first time in another country, he was thoroughly going through some major culture shock.
“Lil Flower, bring me my dishes please.”
“Yes, Mum, right away. Annie scrambled to her feet and proudly took all the plates in a very proper fashion. “Wallace, Uncle William has some great news to share with us, but we must first get ready to go.”
“Where are we going?”
“On a road trip, it tis a surprise, now get on with ya. Get ready.”
Fifteen minutes later, they were off once again. Enjoying the sights and sounds, Wallace didn’t feel twenty-eight, but instead felt like a five year old at the Teddy Bear Factory. The family got out and made their way into a massive looking castle. Towers stood at end, as if saluting the in-coming sunshine. Big Ben’s five bells rang ten times, saying, “Tis time for high tea!”
“Where are we?” asked Wallace in awe.
“This duckie, is where politicians and members of the House of Lords meet to discuss new laws and make decisions for the United Kingdom. It is also called, ‘The Parliament’ and was also where the Queen lived long ago.
“What does this have to do with you?”
“We have come to meet with Prime Minister Van Houlton.
“Uncle William is it what I think it tis?”
“I believe so my love, I believe so.”
Jumping up and down, Annie kissed her uncle on the check. “Please Annie, not in public, it isn’t proper.” “Sorry Mum, I am much too excited.”
As they waited inside a lavishly filled room, they were escorted into a massive long room, with red velvet buttoned benches, and carpet with all sorts of yellow designs. Two straight red lines went across the floor, and at one end stood the Woolsack. An older gentleman entered the room, wearing a very fine looking coat, and limping on a cane.
“Prime Minister, it tis good to see you again.” Bowing slightly Uncle William straighten and shook the older man’s hand.
“Yes, this is a very great honor for you Sir, for I am here as a representation of The Crown. She wishes to extend to you the honor of Lordship. This, due in part for all the charitable works done for the homeless in London, as well as your recent projects cleaning up The Tube. We are most grateful for your hard work. Let this be our informal congratulations. Next week we have arranged a ball in your honor.”
“Dear Lord, tis a blessing from God Almighty, we thank thee Lord, we thank thee!” Annie declared.” The Lord of Lords has blessed us with Lord Uncle William Sutherland II.”
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