Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Up in the Air So Blue

Our Christmas gift to the children this year was an airplane ride, the four of us together, with our friend a pilot. 
It was perfect. 
It was breathtaking. 
I thought we might die, but fortunately I kept the drama in the closet and see! we came back fine. 

The plane was so tiny - like riding in a Chevette that sounded like a lawn mower - and we skimmed under the clouds, looking at all the little Matchbox cars and dinky buildings beneath us.

I did fill up stockings with little treats for Christmas morning, but the real gift was the airplane ride. Ben had never been in an airplane before and had begged for a ride, and then one of our friends wanted to keep his license in practice, and thus, the gift materialized! Our friend could not accept payment for the ride because of the kind of license he has, so we are planning to thank him and his wife with a meal. 

I would really like to move in this direction for gifts, instead of accumulating more things.  The children were so excited, and being the only grandchildren on both sides of the family, they received plenty of loot, too, which is still laying around waiting for me to figure out where to put it.


preventing the birds from nesting in the engines

I took the post title from this charming poem which my children love by Robert Louis Stevenson. Genevieve especially loves to swing.  I find the words apt for our Christmas plane ride, too!
The Swing
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside - -
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown - -
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!


Alica said...

What a great idea! I like the shots from the air...especially the one of the river.

Rebecca said...

Hey! When Clara was a toddler she sang that poem to a tune sung by some Bruderhoff children on a recording we LOVED. Remind me to sing it for you. It's from this book.

Julian said...

What a great experience,and a great gift! I know your choldren must of loved it! I agree on too much stuff.:) Thankyou for sharing your experience!

Jennifer Jo said...

My parents gave us the gift of an airplane ride one time. They gave us one of those balsa wood planes with a note attached. Such a great gift, it was!

jenny_o said...

A gift to be forever remembered, that one. And kudos to you for keeping your fears inside ... not sure I could have done that!

Melanie said...

What a lovely Christmas memory all of you now have!

And I love that poem - my grandmother, my dad's mom, used to sing that to all the grandbabies (no matter how old ;-) and great grandbabies while she rocked us in the hammock at the beach. Thank you for the reminder of another lovely memory! I haven't heard her voice in nearly 10 years, but I can hear her singing that now :-)

Sew Blessed Maw said...

What a lovely present for each of you.. I have never been up in a plane.. [scaredy cat]. Kenny has been up 3-4 times in small planes and hes scared
Love how you are teaching your kids the REAL things in life.. so wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a gift. Clutterless, and great memories! I love that poem. My now 29 year old son, a teacher, copied it and illustrated it when he was in elementary school. It's one of his childhood projects that I saved.
My mother always makes stollen, and we're of Irish, not German heritage. But it wouldn't be Christmas without it.

You have a lovely family!

Dee/ NY

A said...

I love these pictures.


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