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  • Granddandy, my name for my maternal Grandfather, was a master carpenter. During the 1960's he worked in Atlanta, Ga on the 1776 building, so called due to the address at 1776 Peachtree. Working on the forth floor one day he was near the edge and stepped on split nails. The fall took him into "the air, it was just like being in water"as he described it to me. The following is his telling of the event ,he told this more than once to me but this telling was special!

    I looked and all I saw was sky. I turned my head and saw the building and the scaffolding where I had just been. Then I saw the ground below. I had to get back to the building. I swam like a fish. ~ He looked at me, into my eyes as I into his, strong knowing pause. ~ I was in the air Jaybyrd I flew it was like swimming in the air! I flew back into the scaffolding on the second floor. Wrapped my arms around a 2 x 6 and it broke and I fell into a sand pile! You can fly JayByrd! You can FLY!

    Granddandy loved to fox hunt and this day we were tending his hounds when one of my questions triggered this telling.
    I remember it be different when he started telling me as I had heard it before. Yet this time " you can fly Jaybryd".
    He would sometimes call me "Why Jaybrd Why" for the many questions I would ask. I can hear him saying both as if in a rhyme.

    Why Jaybyrd Why
    Fly Jaybyrd Fly

    I never ask him why the telling was more personal on this occasion. It just was. I have gleaned more from this story with the passing of time.My thoughts in telling this were to express it as I have yet the title was to be " My Granddandy Flew". It came to me his telling of this to me was not about the day he flew rather about the day that I would FLY!

    ~~~ jay (n.)
    c.1300, common European bird (Garrulus glandarinus), from O.N.Fr. gai, O.Fr. jai "magpie, jay," from L.L. gaius "a jay," probably echoic and supposedly influenced by L. Gaius, a common Roman proper name. For other bird names from proper names, cf. martin and parrot. Applied to the N.Amer. blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) from 1709. Applied to humans in sense of "impertinent chatterer, flashy dresser" from 1620s.
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