I exercised an extra half hour tonight, walking out and back on the patio…my weights in my hands, punching and swinging like I usually do. This in addition to the fifty minutes I did this morning. The blood sugar is creeping up and I’d like to slow it down.
When I finished, I stood on the edge of the patio, with my arms held down at my back like a rocket man, and I gazed up longingly and lovingly at the sky….
If I could fly, oh if only. Human beings have yearned to fly since they first caught sight of the birds in the air thousands of years ago. Jealous of their freedom.
Icarus and Daedulus tried and failed from getting too close to the sun. DaVinci drew plans for the Ornithocopter, but it never was built. Too busy painting Mona Lisa?
And oh I do know the Wright brothers gave us a flying machine to ride in, but that is not the same.
R. Kelley sang: “I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.” But it was all metaphorical.
“I’ll Fly Away, Oh Glory” ….but will I really? When I was a child, I used to dream of flying. Not in a plane or copter, but just spreading my arms and soaring. God, those were good dreams. I wish I could dream them again, but it’s been years. When I was a child, I thought and spoke like a child. But now I am grown and must put away childish things. No more Peter Pan, fairy dust and Neverland.
But I do wish I could fly. I’ve had some “well wishers” want me to give it a try as they have frequently asked me to go jump off a cliff, but thankfully I never did.
I think perhaps when that spark which resides within us all takes leave of this vehicle it is in, I will get my wish. I hope I can at least look back over my shoulder and see the trees and mountains and lakes and rivers one last time. That’s not asking for much considering all the hours I have put in here at the “office” is it?
I don’t think so.