Today is my birthday and I am in Little Rock, Arkansas! I am traveling, training and coaching in early childhood classrooms. Lucky me to do what I love; my passion. So the traveling piece got me to thinking of my Aunt Erma.
Every summer I spent weeks visiting my favorite aunt in Jackson, Mississippi. She was the fun aunt who loved me and spoiled me. She was the aunt who loved adventure and I loved listening to her stories of riding on camels and elephants; of her travels to far off places. I adored receiving postcards from those exotic places. I still have those postcards.
In 1962 she bought me a plane ticket to travel from Jackson, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee via Memphis. It was a present; graduating from sixth grade was a big deal back them. I had to change planes and I was solo; all by myself! My first flight on a plane ever!
I still remember that day; walking on the tarmac, turning around to my Aunt to capture this photo; getting on the plane with my purse and book, feeling so big. All by myself. It was a window seat and I don’t believe I ever opened the book. My nose was pressed on the window and I was in total awe of what I seeing below.
And then we landed in Memphis. My first landing ever! And to this day I remember that landing because when the wheels touched the ground there was a “bump” and my nose hit the glass. To this day I press my nose on that glass and remember my Aunt. And I always say “thank you!”
Thank you for giving me the “gift of the world,” my ticket into the world. This ticket changed my life forever and that is why I am writing today. I love to fly! I love the adventure. I love the window seat. I love pressing my nose on the glass and to feel the bump and remember the love of my aunt. I love you Aunt Erma! Happy Birthday to me!