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AA 001How’s the  “AIR”  up there?

This is Cape Canaveral, Florida  and we are on our way to  Merrit Island  to visit our cousin  Jimmie Brady Shilling.

I remember…  as if it were  just yesterday…  our loading up the vehicle with just about everything that you can think of… since we… the whole family were invited to stay a week  with the  “Shillings!

To be able to just leave the house and not fix Breakfast for all of us first…  and  then a hundred other  little things that one does have to think of… when you know… that you will not be home for a week… is something we were able to do back then.

One thing that I can say now… we never had a key to the front door… or any door… as we never did lock the doors… I do not believe anyone  took the time to lock their doors… back then!

I did all the driving … do not  know why… but when I bought my car… it just seem to be the thing to  do and my husband left the driving up to me and so with me at the wheel … just driving up the  Florida Highway  coast and  far enough away from home … with an eye looking out for a good place to  stop for  our breakfast.

We  started our day nice and early, just so  that we could stop at a fancy  eat-in  restaurant,  other than our own… and just sit back and enjoy the comfort of being waited on… and not thinking of doing any clean up… as families usually do at home when you have small children. I can still see all of us… just having fun and enjoying  the time having some relaxing fun time… no real work for a week!

We were planning on staying a week and enjoying the  swimming at  Jimmy’s  place on  Merrit Island.  They had spent some time  at our home in Ft.Lauderdale, and said to come up to their place just as soon as we could make the arrangements and plan on  doing some sightseeing.

That is little  Al Aldrich, sitting  and holding his hands… I just  can not see nor tell from the above picture… if he is about to cry or if he feels that he will be stuck up there too long… as he can see all around the area… from his…  top of the whole world  position!

Al is near or he is  just 2 years of age, sitting  so high and all  by himself.

Al made a solo trip from Ft.Lauderdale  to St.Louis, MO   via Eastern Air Lines  at the age of eighteen months.   He is happy  now. being a licensed pilot  and as of today … I believe that   Helicopters are his favorite!


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