Constance Caraway P.I. ~ Episode 171
…It’s a gas to see Willard pump Billy with science and Billy filling Willard with some old-time religion…
When you are young, somewhere between newborn and teenager, your mother holds sway over you. When it thunders, she tells you that the angels are bowling. If your drop a fork, you should expect company. See a rainbow, catch the leprechaun and you’ll have a pot of gold. When you bump your noggin or stub your baby toe, it feels like you’re going to die.
Nearly without fail, mom’s words, ‘It’ll be all right honey, let me kiss it and make it all better’, would soothe the wounded soul.
For Constance Caraway and Fanny Renwick adulthood has come a calling and there isn’t a mother alive who can make things better. For more years than either will admit to, they have leaned exclusively on each other, in the good times and the bad. Whether as best friends or business partners, emotional support comes from the other, needing not the likes of an Ace Bannion or a Worth Moore.
But the times they are a changing.
Ace has becomes the man Constance cannot wash out her hair and there is no hiding it. When he calls to tell her that he is flying the Graham plane back to Chicago for an extended layover, she is beside herself with joy. With Billy absorbing an unexpected open date at the Chicago Stadium (sorry L. Dick) and then taking to a Midwest bus tour on this leg of his Crusade, up pops a one month window with an “ace” in hand.
“Is this Willard Libby’s, sweet sixteen party?” code for Libby becoming part of Billy Graham’s Chicago Stadium Crusade, seven days sold out and counting. Sellouts, even though admission is free, determine how long the troupe will stay in any given city.
“You know it. He’s on a Greyhound Scenicruiser to a KC right now, so he can experience a tent revival for himself, so he can get a feel for the workings of how his presentation will fit in with the program as a whole. It’s a gas to see Willard pump Billy with science and Billy filling Willard with some old-time religion.”
Constance Caraway P.I.