Did I ever tell you about FLYING?
…While growing up, my father had his own business and did a lot of traveling but the majority of it was in state. We never flew. So it wasn’t until I was in high school that I flew for the first time.
My older brother (13 years older), on the other hand, flew a lot for his businesses. They had two boys and at the time lived in the same town we did. This particular time, he was working for a furniture manufacturer.
He and his wife were going to Atlanta to the furniture mart. He wanted to know if I wanted to go. Of course, I was trilled and said yes. After all, the only places I’d ever been were with a day’s drive.
There was one catch. I would have to take a later flight. Oh no! Then he said I would have to pick up their two boys and bring them with me. Well, it was free and I would get to visit some place different. So, why not. I could do it. His boys were in elementary school and I had taken care of them many times.
We drove to Roanoke which was no problem because I’d been there many times. The airport was a good size but not overwhelming. So we took off. What a thrill. I didn’t mind at all. So far so good. Then we arrived in Atlanta. OH MY. I’d never seen such a huge place.
Panic set in. Which way did I go…to the right, left or streight ahead? What had I gotten myself into. There were sooooo many people! It didn’t take but a couple of minutes for my brother and his wife to spot us and over they came. You can imagine how relieved I felt.
We were only in Atlanta for a few days, but I vaguely remember going to Underground. This was in the early 60s. The furniture mart was in an enormous building on Peachtree Street across the street from an enormous hotel. It was the first one I had seen that had the glass elevators overlooking the lobby. Wish I could remember the name. I also remember eating a Pittypats Porch. Don’t know if it’s still there. There was a porch with lots of rocking chairs for comfort while you were waiting.
But the thing I remember most was flying back into Virginia (we all came back together). I knew exactly when we got over Virginia. Everything was soooo green!
I haven’t flown much, but while I was single, I did have a few friends who were pilots. I haven’t flown in a big jet, but I have flown in a two-seater!
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