Travel in the city often took the little boy past the international airport, and he would squeal with excitement when he'd spot his favorite "Femeral Express" (Federal Express) airplanes taxiing down the runway or parked at their small terminal close to the road. He had a large toy model of a Federal Express plane that rolled down the hallways of the house and "flew" room to room, stopping to pick up assorted "freight" and passengers enroute.
This little boy's idea of a great Saturday afternoon was a trip to the airport (back in the days when visitors could still go to the gates), where he would stand with his face close to the windows watching airplanes take off and land. He'd already been on a few of those flights, and knew first-hand how exciting it was!
It really didn't come as a big surprise when this little boy grew up and chose training as an Air Traffic Controller when he joined the Air Force right out of high school. One of the most difficult courses , this young man who didn't much care for the demands of schoolwork, excelled and passed through the levels of certification quickly with applied diligence. He spent the next eight years of his life serving our country in the Air Force, manning control towers both stateside and overseas, including two short tours of duty to war-torn places that made his mother's heart tremble. She was overjoyed when she knew he was on the airplane bringing him safely home again.
As he got a bit older, this serviceman decided he was ready to settle down and have a place to call home. So he left active duty and took a job as an Air Traffic Controller with the Department of Defense. He now spends his days, and sometimes nights, in the control tower at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, guiding military aircraft to safe takeoffs and landings.
Thus, the little boy who fell in love with airplanes grew up to do his dream job... watching aircraft come and go. Next week he'll be celebrating his 34th birthday, and his mother wonders how the years have passed so quickly. She smiles as she remembers the little boy who flew his Federal Express airplane in her hallways once upon a time, not so very long ago.
This post was written for Two Shoes Tuesday
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