Midwife in the Tire Swing


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The Chicken Wizard
DazL as the Chicken Wizard

The Midwife is a belated thank you to Katherine Weatherwax (Mrs.) who first taught me Latin. Within subjunctive verbs and the ablative absolute I found reflected the inner life of God. This was in Pinellas County, Florida during the presidency of Harry S. Truman.

John Pike Grady of Eastport, Maine told me about flying. John graduated Shead High School in 1943 and went directly into the Army Air Corps, was based at Tinian and flew 34 missions over Japan. John’s B-29 was to be “Mission to Albuquerque,” brought down during a low-level raid on Kobe before he could join its crew. He finished the war as right-scanner gunner in the “Mission to Albuquerque II.”

For the purposes of this story “Miss Taken Identity” is a B-24 in action over Europe. By the end of World War II, the entire Pacific theater heavy bomber force had been converted to B-24s due to their long range and superior flight characteristics. Lucy Hobart flew out of Egypt. Any errors historical or mechanical must fall to me, not to John or Lucy.

The index page image of the boy, the cow and the tire swing is a U.S. Extension Service photograph from the 1920s via the Library of Congress where it is called “Boy in tire swing holds a cow on a tether.”

The original photograph for the onetinleg.com logo, “They All Look at Another Side,” is the copyrighted work of María de la Puente Bernardos and is used by permission.

And the photograph (above, left) of a boy and his pet chicken enjoying a smoke break, “Portrait of Henri Groulx, ca. 1920,” is by Parisian Studio [Public domain], via Library and Archives Canada.

And always there for a timely throttle-down on my extravagant verbiage, thanks to Martin Langeland of Seattle USA, the Midwife’s trusted reader, widely schooled in things both great and small.

For more about plumbing the wonders of Midwife in the Tire Swing, see the Synopsis and/or notes pages for Joanna Southcott, Bride of Christ; Abraxas and Jesse Ventura; and Ludus Litterarum.

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