August 19, 2013 at 7:00 am (history, literature, philosophy, Poems, poetry, sociology, Stories) (, , , , , , )

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.



  1. Julia Dean-Richards said,

  2. johnnycrabcakes said,

    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.

    • Julia Dean-Richards said,

      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.

  3. nobodysreadingme said,

    Made me smile and fill up at the same time Julia. I loved this.

  4. julespaige said,

    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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