Saturday, January 9, 2010

We Must Have Heroes

When I lived in Utah I did some freelancing for a local magazine. I was assigned to write a piece about the President of the University of Utah's wife, Suzan Young. I interviewed her at the President's house just off campus on The Avenues. Her life was fascinating and there was a lot of information that didn't make the article.

For one, her daughter has a pilot's license. This intrigued me.
"What made her want to do that?" I asked.
Turns out, that her grandmother had been a pilot. During the second world war she'd ferried bomber planes from where they were manufactured (in Texas) to the San Francisco Bay area where they were handed over to the military.

I thought about this for a long time. Growing up, in my small town, I saw women who were secretaries, teachers, nurses, dental assistants, and little else. I knew no women doctors, lawyers, writers, poets, or pilots. To become such a thing never occurred to me. I don't blame the women in my life. My mother and grandmothers were all smart, capable women who told me I could be and do anything I wanted to do. I never wanted to be a pilot, anyway.

But oh, how I long to fly.


Mer said...

It makes you wonder if we would be different people had we grown up somewhere bigger . . . and would that be a good thing or not?

Rob and Jill said...

Hey you! It's good to have found you. I love your blog. Your kids are so cute, and so grown-up.

Abigail Blue Jay Stone said...

I enjoyed reading this, and liked your writing style. I admit though that I do not want to fly. I was told once that flying in your dreams means that you are growing up...