Really Looking Up
by Alan Issler
It’s going to be a lovely day. The sky is blue and the weather pleasantly warm with everyone on the viewing platform down to their shirtsleeves.
Everything is going down great and we are all enjoying the spectacle.
I had been a bit nervous about watching this show, as funnily enough, I have not always had that great a head for heights.
Also big groups of people can make me nervous.
So this event could have made me feel a bit of a misfit but I needn’t have worried.
The various solo flybys have been fantastic and the enthusiasm of the people watching, totally infectious. Looking up, pointing waving, taking photographs, cheering. And being really friendly.
“Wow did you see that?”
“Weather’s pretty fair as well. Quite cloudy but clear enough to see and warm, so no problem.”
I nod and smile happily at this.
And now it’s time for the fantastic formation display. The crowd are cheering and waving again. I have a great view. I am feeling excited and a bit anxious as well.
I don’t suppose I can totally change who I am.
I hold my breath but start to feel quite hot. The planes are going very fast and seem quite close to me. The crowd are still happy waving and smiling and I don’t want to be the one to rain on everyone’s parade by seeming glum.
“Come on,” I tell myself “you have seen air shows before.”
But one of the plane’s engines does not sound quite right.
I start to feel dizzy and cannot talk.
And some of the crowd are now pointing at me and almost shouting. “Look at that weird cloud, it’s totally breaking up… and. look there… ohhh….”
Looking down, for a split second, I can just about see a man in a bright red shirt really looking up at me, just before… I totally drift away….
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Our Reader said:
The air show was a popular theme, and this one resonated most as it was told from a highly personal perspective. I could connect with this character, was there with them and felt their emotions: they laid them out on a plate for all to see. A very touching piece.
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