If there is such a thing as a perfect day, then I'd nominate this one. If you think about the perfect weather, you might choose bright sunshine, blue skies with puffy white clouds, temperatures that top out at 82 degrees (27 C), and humidity that is low. And throw in a cool breeze . Today the weather was just like that. It was wonderful.


When I signed PK up for his flight back in June, I had no idea what the weather would be like. I only knew it was likely to be hot. It is August in the Northern Hemisphere after all. But we really lucked out. He was so excited as we drove down the Garden State Parkway to Rio Grande NJ and Big Sky aviation. He signed in and they put him in the plane. This plane. He took off at 8:46 am and flew around the area for a half an hour. I was so happy to be able to make this dream come true. He came down (landing safely,phew!) and just kept saying "I flew the plane! He let me fly the plane! And the barrel rolls! First I was up and then I was down and then I was up again. This was SO COOL! Can I go again?". He was so pumped full of adrenaline that it took a while for him to come down. I wasn't allowed to get close enough to the plane to get photos of the take off. The landing and disembarkation happened so fast, I only got one that I like. This one. Tom Cruise eat your heart out. Look how natural he looks up there.



After we finished at the airport (we purchased the video they took because PK totally forgot he had the video camera in his pocket. When it gets transferred to DVD, I'll share it if I can), we went to the Wildwood Naval Air Station Museum. They have examples of dozens of planes from Russian MiGs to the helicopters that flew the wounded to MASH hospitals. It helped PK to let some of the adrenaline wash out of his system and he was able to have a coherent conversation again.



We had breakfast at a diner and then went to spend a few hours here on the beach in Cape May NJ. It's on the tip of NJ and is a lovely beach. It was full of people but not overcrowded. The ocean was cold and the bottom was full of broken shells so I didn't spend a lot of time in the water. It was chilly under the umbrella with a wet suit so I sat in the sunshine for a short while to dry off and it was glorious. I had packed food and snacks and drinks but no one was really hungry since we ate breakfast so late. We snacked and talked and had a wonderful time. Em and Jim were with us and we all enjoyed the summer day.

Now we are home and thinking of what to eat for dinner. PK is having some of the shrimp salad I made for lunch (that no one ate) and I am going to scramble some eggs and make a sandwich. We have eaten like little piggies for the last couple days and are planning to go out and have a lavish brunch at Smithville Inn tomorrow so sandwiches for dinner is not a bad thing.

You know, when you plan a special day and it comes off well, there's almost no better feeling. I read a definition of love once that said it was putting someone else's happiness above your own. Well, today was all about love. It was about making a dream come true for someone I love. And I feel so good.

Comments

amy said…
Woo-hoo!! Hurrah for the perfect day! It does sound wonderful. I agree, it's a lot of fun to make someone you love happy.
Em said…
It was as close to a perfect day as one can really hope to get. I will never forget the look on Dadumms' face (jim called it a mixture of joy and hearbreak) when he got out of the plane. Judging by how many times he asked Jim if he was interested in splitting the costs of a plane, though, I think we might have created a monster.
Galad said…
Thanks for sharing your perfect day. How awesome!
Rose Red said…
Truly a fantastic day - how fantastic to make someone's dream come true!
Kelli Simone said…
Looks like the kind of joy that comes very rarely and as such is very precious.

So glad you could make this dream come true. ~ksp
Jeanne said…
Sounds like a wonderful day - how great you were able to do that for him!
Alwen said…
That's great! Perfect weather and a perfect gift.
Dianne said…
I'm glad you all had such a wonderful day!
Roxie said…
Yay, yay, yay for PK! When you get to handle the controls, - well - it's not quite as good as sex, but it lasts longer. Wahh hooo! what a splendid, put-it-in-the-memory-book day. Good on you!!
Bezzie said…
It was gorgeous yesterday wasn't it? I hope it says this way and we don't get any hotter!

Glad PK had a good ride--and that just proves boys never truly fully grow up. His reaction made me smile!
Sheepish Annie said…
That is just about the coolest thing I've ever heard!!! What a great day!
Bells said…
oh spectacular. Well done PK! And well done you for making his dream come true.

I love hearing about perfect days. They're to be treasured.
What a glorious day YOU had. How exciting for PK, flying! (I couldn't do it, but don't begrudge those that dream to)
And you know I love Cape May...

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