Once again I have picked a theme for the A to Z Challenge. This time I aim to entertain rather than to educate. My theme is careers or occupations. I begin with a piece of creative writing.
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Michael and Michaela are mechanics. They are often considered to be angels like their namesake, St Michael. When stranded motorists see the van of the rescue service approaching, they breathe a sigh of relief. Nowadays computer technology has made it easier for the cause of a breakdown to be diagnosed correctly. However mechanics still need to be able to change a wheel in the event of a puncture. For some strange reason they find that there are more call-outs in extreme weather conditions – in summer and in winter.
Further reading: In Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream the following workers were known collectively as mechanicals – carpenter, joiner, weaver, bellows-mender, tinker and tailor.
Wheels were invented a long time ago. There are references in the Old Testament to carts and chariots. Mechanics would have built them and kept them in working order. When the people of Israel were fleeing from Pharaoh in Egypt they were followed by Egyptians in chariots. Exodus 14