Wednesday, September 5, 2012

To be a bird...

I keep finding myself
looking up at the sky.
And remembering...

That I used to fly in my younger days.
Beginning first by jumping off the roof of our house
when I was a little girl.
This an attempt to convince my parents
that I was too much of a tom-boy
and needed to take dance lessons
so I would act more like a dainty girl.

As a teenager, I longed to fly.
Knowing then that jumping off the roof
wasn't going to get me very far,
I began calling the airport
and asking about flying lessons.

Always too much money involved.

So I waited.

But would call every year, probably close to my birthday.
Always being told how much it would cost
and always realizing that I might never have
that kind of money.

Finally, one year, after hearing the same story,
I asked about skydiving.
It was cheaper.
So I did. Skydive.
Nearly 500 times.

And that was flying.
My body zipping through the air
at break-neck speeds.
Turning flips and linking up
with others to create kaleidoscope designs in the air.

One of my earliest jumps, replete with round chute and Adidas high tops!

I also kept asking about flying... airplanes.
And found out that I could work for flying time.
So I did. Work and Fly. Airplanes.

I gave it up when I had my daughter.
Too much time required to
satisfy my thrill of flight.

On pretty days I still look up at the sky
and think about those times
when my body tumbled
through the air.

In an
Free falling.

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miruspeg said...

Your perseverance certainly paid off Roban.
I loved reading your story and looking at the wonderful photos you posted.
Oh yes to be a lucky lucky girl.......I want to know what it feels like to be a bird too.
Peggy ♥♥♥

Roban said...

I still hope we can cross this off your list together one day!

miruspeg said...

I am DEFINITELY going to make it happen Roban. Oh what a feeling it must be to fly like a bird.
Peg xxxx

Kelly said...

Wow! I learned something new about you! 500 jumps? That's incredible. I hope u win the lottery So u can get those flying lessons.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

I love this story and your passion for flying! Wow 500 jumps - you'd have to push me to just do 1. I'm chicken...

Jen said...

500 times!!! Wow! I am in awe!

michelle gd said...

how very brave!!!