Yesterday I was setting up my classroom and some football players came in to help. One kid was as long and lean as a spaghetti noodle. I had him hanging pictures and sticking stuff up high and commented on how long his arms were. He said “my wingspan is 6’7 ma’m and I’m a wide receiver but coach calls me bird man.”
Those are big wings but I had even bigger ones today. I jumped out of a King Air Airplane today with a parachute and a big grin at 13000 feet and landed on my own two feet. It was beautiful and liberating and powerful and not scary at all. I’m already signed up to go again.
Look for the tiny black dot! That’s me! Bird girl.
This baby girl got wings today, too. She has a full fledged drivers license now. She said “I’m going to chick fil a and to a friend’s house” and walked right out of my door. It is scarier to hear those words than to jump out of a plane. I’m not even kidding. The kind young man in the photo sat next to her for the long, long wait to take the driving test. He was taking a driving test, too, and I wasn’t allowed to wait with her. He kept her calm and laughing and well reviewed for almost three hours. Things were really backed up at the DMV because two people got arrested while we waited. One for flashing an employee and another one for trying to take the driving test with a bag of weed in his car. Clearly it wasn’t the calmest day of the year at the DMV. After she passed she said “mom, God sent me an angel to get me thru that wait without panicking”. Then we walked outside and there he was, waiting to see if she passed and to tell her how proud of her he was. I gave him a giant hug and took his picture and told him what she said. I know he must be a great daddy to his own little girl.
The world feels full of goodness and light and blessings today.