Landings, Happy Ones

If I were going to post about an aviator on L day of the April A-to-Z Challenge, one would put one’s money on Lindbergh. But yesterday we laid to rest Al, #4 daughter’s 19-year-old cat, and the chorus to “Amelia Earhart’s Last Flight” has been running in my head.

There’s a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart.
Farewell, First Lady of the Air.

Earhart, in case you don’t know, was sometimes called “the Lady Lindy”.  This Amelia Earhart site tells her story better than I could. And this song tells the story of her final, fatal, flight.

It’s an oddly comforting song. And it comforts me oddly to think of Al swapping stories with Amelia and going for plane rides with the wind blowing through his long black fur.

Happy landings.

WRITING PROMPT: Have a character lose a beloved animal. What consoles or comforts him/her?

p.s. Since it’s the 14th, I’m also posting at Echelon Explorations on the subject of Law in a Strange Land.


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Landings, Happy Ones

  1. Lisa Ricard Claro

    April 14, 2011 at 9:56pm

    Hi – I found you through A to Z. 🙂

    I read recently that an archaeology team thought they might have found the remains of AE. (I read about it at the National Geo site, I think.) Their evidence was fairly compelling, but they still had more tests to run. It would be nice to know what happened to her, but at the same time it is also part of her legacy to have the mystery. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.

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      Marian Allen

      April 15, 2011 at 6:57am

      I agree on both counts: mysteries are compelling, but it would also be nice to lay the lady to rest. Human nature is full of those tugs, isn’t it, like the one between love of mystery and love of answers. 🙂

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  2. Raejean

    April 14, 2011 at 11:20pm

    I’m related through marriage to the lady who taught Amelia to fly – I even have her book. I’ve had a curiosity about her ever since I met her.

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