Fly Away Home


Until You Spread Your Wings

You’ll Have No Idea How Far You Can Fly….

I took my son to the airport last night. He took off for England for the summer with family.  This is the first time he will be away for more than 2 weeks. Great opportunity for him and I am really happy for him. For me, not so much. Momma is having to learn to let go. As a rising senior, this is surely a foretaste of what is to come.  If what I am feeling now is anything to go by, its leaving a bitter taste and one I do not see  becoming quick to acquire anytime soon.

The term, “Fly Away Home” came to mind. It seemed such a  appropriate statement. After all, we raise kids to be self sufficient and ready for the inevitable. Flying away.  Of course as this is me talking,  it had to have a movie attached to it.

Fly Away Home

Based on a true story of William Lishman, (also one of the writers) who in 1988 made aviation history by leading a flock of geese on flights around his home. The movie version stars Anna Paquin and Jeff Daniels. I watched it again recently. A great PG movie you can watch with your kids. They will be thrilled and even inspired by the story. I, and maybe you as a parent, may see it through different eyes. As the young Anna nurses abandoned goose eggs, she cares for her hatched little ones and watches them grow.  The reality is though, migration is inevitable. It’s time for them to fly.

You can read about the true story  here: http://www.operationmigration.org/work_story.html

Enjoy the movie, maybe even shed a tear and always remember, the days with our little ones may be long, but the years go quickly.  I will take comfort in the fact that migrating birds return….  a little sweet to go with that bitter taste.