By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Three vintage experience tales, reminders of either the romance and the truth of the pioneer period of aviation: evening Flight; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Flight to Arras. creation via Richard Bach. Translated through Lewis Galantière and Stuart Gilbert.
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With Elizabeth we had now become astute at reading body language; we could perceive the wrench in her screams, and the sorrow that subdued our parents. We were siblings watching on as the segmentation of our family picture became set forever. Our parents were acting on advice, that it was best for all of us, but the most vulnerable was to be banished. Below the surface it filled us with anguish, with a fear of what can happen if you are made the wrong way. If you do not perform you might be sent away.
Mum 23 a l way s l i z a t o m e had asked a priest if, in her circumstances, it would be permis sible to use contraception. The answer was NO. Mum did not defy the Church. Dad’s asthma worsened. Now they had five children under five years old. There were others in a similar position: Mum’s friend Peg had two sets of twins and a total of six children under four. But no matter how burdened our parents felt, there was great excitement when Damian arrived at the end of 1962. ’ announced Dad. ’ ‘Damian John,’ he smiled.
Perched high in the hills we would see the outskirts of the city stretched out below. Home. We would look for the milestones carved out of sandstone and count them down. Always miles and miles to go. ’ We would arrive home as it was getting dark, have Weet-Bix with warm milk for dinner and go straight to bed. The trip seemed even longer when it was close to Christmas and we were counting the minutes until Santa arrived, anticipating all sorts of flamboyant presents before the modest realities of the big day.
Airman's Odyssey by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry