I started watching Call the Midwife on Netflix (although it’s also streaming on PBS), but quit after the first season. My college and current friend Debbie Lueders recommended I go on, and I did, and I’m glad I did.
It’s a series that begins in the 1950s (I was born in 1950). Although it’s set in England and I’m American, it’s set in an impoverished district of London, and I was born in an impoverished section of Louisville, Kentucky. Because of the time and the circumstances, I can relate to quite a bit of the series.
It wouldn’t have quite the same effect on younger people. Younger people wouldn’t get the chill I got when the modern-thinking doctor smiles at the relief a desperate mother got from a new wonder drug he prescribes for nausea and she says she’s going to tell all her friends and they’ll all want to take it, and it’s thalidomide. Apparently, it’s a surprise that there are so many people who were affected by the drug, since I clearly remember everybody where and when I grew up knowing about and being acquainted with at least one “Thalidomide baby”.
ANYWAY, whether you share the time and circumstances or not, the characters pull you in.
There is no “the midwife”; the main characters are nurses and nun/nurses who work and live together to deliver health and babies in the Poplar district with the help of a maternity home and a doctor who makes house calls. My favorite character, who leaves the show in a season beyond what I’ve watched, is Camilla “Chummy” Fortescue-Cholmondeley-Browne, who’s so posh she talks like Bertie Wooster (“What ho! Just give us a jolly good push, old thing, and baby will be born before you can say ‘cricket’.”) But she has SUCH a kind heart, she wins over the roughest characters in the district.
My nails this week wanted to be flowery.
I got some new polish from Stands, which donates part of the purchase price to one cause or another. The two sets I bought are Supernatural-themed: Hunter’s Helper — Heroes (Good to be Queen red, Don’t be an Idjit green, and Sheriff’s Badge gold) and Hunter’s Helper — Monsters (Silver Bullet silver, Demon Eyes pearly black, and Woman in White pearly white). Although they take two or three coats to form an opaque base, they stamp like a dream.
I used Woman in White as my base coat. I stamped the gold from Maniology’s M210 plate with Sheriff’s Badge. I stamped the roses from Maniology’s MXM051 with Maniology’s Fireside and painted them with Maniology’s Sweet Peach and Spoiled’s Green to be Heard.
A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: A birth.