Pre Flight Test!
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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