Salute

D ad told his aviation stories
E very time we met. It
M eant I knew them – sort of. His pride and joy –
E ach became grounded, one by one,
N o longer airworthy…

T il, getting my bearings, I turned a key
I n my voice and imagination,
A nd Flight Lieutenant Dean and I, we learned to fly together.

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Julia Dean-Richards

Julia is a writer and performer living in the Shropshire hills. Her writing is a product and expression of the love she has found whilst journeying through the most difficult times of her life.

11 thoughts on “Salute”

  1. This is lovely, Julia. I am honored to have one of my pieces inspire such a loving tribute. You are most welcome. I definitely see what you mean. My father’s memories deteriorated a bit too rapidly for reminiscences such as you and your dad shared. It is a shame too as we (you and I) seem to have a bit in common. My father was also an airman, only in his case it was Army Air Corps and Air Force. I have been trying to piece his military career together and it is unfortunate that I have only my memories of his stories to help. Luckily for me, he kept everything. I have been using flickr as a way to archive his photos and documents, though I have not done much in quite a while. It is a daunting task.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    1. Thank you for reading and writing, John. Dad gave some of his memorabilia to a museum in Millom, Cumbria, and when it closed I’m not sure where everything went. If I find anything interesting, it would be nice to share it with you in some form.

      1. I looked! What a great collection! Well done for making it all look so good too. Keep in touch – I know I have at least one photo, as I’m looking at it on a shelf, right now. History is alive and kicking! 🙂

  2. There is a joy in celebrating what ever life gives us.
    At this point though – the joy is tempered with anticipation – because we have two family members that are ‘loosing’ ground.

    I enjoyed your flight and hope to savor the memories that my own loved ones still embrace.

    Thank you for enjoying my garden verse.

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