Wow. I actually started to write a blog in 2009…only I forgot the title and couldn’t find it. You know the saying that nothing ever disappears on the internet? I found my old blog. The title was very close to this one – “Life is Like Juggling Hand Grenades.” I think that’s why it didn’t catch on too well. That, and the fact that (annoyingly) I did a lot of speaking! in! exclamation! points! which! is! ANNOYING!!! I think that I got sidetracked by the fact that a) I was taking ridiculously large courseloads of 15 credits a semester in the mistaken belief that I was Superwoman and b) by my adopted sister’s death. So it sat for…a long time and I almost forgot about it,…that is, until I met Kristi Rieger Campbell, who inspired me to get off my toches and write. Thank you, Kristi.

I found in one of the old blog entries this wonderful poem by John Gillespie Magee…and I offer it for your enjoyment.

High Flight
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
   Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God. 

Like John Gillespie Magee, Jr., my great uncle, Chester David Jaques, was a pilot. He flew B-17s in World War II, and like Magee, my great uncle died too soon. So this poem is for 1st. Lt. Chester D. Jaques as well…

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