Today I want to explain how my family influenced my life’s passion. People who know me think that my passion for aviation was due to my brother. My brother flew a plane before he drove a car. I don’t remember anything about his flying days. He got his private license and flew for a few years.
He became an aeronautical engineer and worked for Boeing for 40 years. Today he is retired but is a Docent and researcher at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. When I was in Seattle he gave me a tour at this wonderful museum.
Today he has many other interests and I think I’m more into aviation then he is. All he remembers about our Aunt Vicky is the saddle she kept in my parent’s basement. Vicky had her own horse but when she was separated from her husband she bounced from place to place. One of those places was in my parents home. I also remember the saddle but I was about 5 when she lived in Chicago. My brother is two years older and he doesn’t remember anything either.
I went on a family vacation to see Aunt Vicky when I was about six when we visited her in San Diego. Vicky had remarried a man named George LaMonte. Unfortunately, I don’t remember anything about that trip or George.
It wasn’t till my dad passed away that I developed my interest in aviation and Vicky. Dad had possession of an old suitcase of Vicky. I went through the newspapers, pictures and medals of Vicky’s interesting life. I became enthralled with Vicky and aviation.
In future posts I will explain what I found in this magical suitcase.
It wasn’t until the last few posts that I realized I was finding myself as I learned about aviation and Vicky. I know now that I am Cindy-Vicky or Vicky-Cindy and that I am beginning to like the person I became. I never felt that way before.
I am grateful for technology that has taken me back decades and yet me also helped me live in the present.
Thank you for reading and following. I wish you all:
BLUE SKIES AND SOFT WINDS THAT TAKE YOU THROUGH THIS FASCINATING RIDE…CALLED LIFE.