A day to smile…

flyboys 001“She’s doing that Mum thing again,” said Nick.
“What?” said Alex.
“You know, that thing where you glance at her and she’s beaming …”flyboys 017
Yeah, well….

There was thick fog this morning by the time I hit the road and a heavy pall hung over the airfield when we arrived. There were queues at the registration desk, a mix up over the fees Nick had paid for both jumps… one a birthday gift to his brother… so that money raised through sponsorship could go directly to the Make a Wish Foundation. The airfield hadn’t been notified of Nick’s physical challenges and were said that they didn’t do jumps for people in wheelchairs… it wasn’t looking good.flyboys 042
On the other hand, the staff and instructors were incredible. The fees were sorted through a phone call. The instructor the size of a giant brought in to assess Nick’s abilities was perfectly satisfied he was capable of meeting the safety requirements and, eventually, slowly, the fog began to disperse. There was a briefing and training session… then all we had to do was wait. alix falling out of sky 016
The boys were on the fourth flight… so had plenty of time to watch as the first group dropped from the sky… Dots appeared, tiny black specks against the clouds…2 and a half miles high. alix falling out of sky 051The initial speed of up to 200 miles an hour is slowed to a ‘mere’ 130 by a tiny chute that acts as an air anchor…. Then for around 45 seconds they are in freefall, hurtling towards the earth, yet, or so they told me afterwards, feeling motionless. Then the chutes open for the last part of the flight before landing. IMG_0077
When they were called to the plane I ran the gamut of emotion…excitement for them, pride in what they were doing and why, and a deep gratitude that they could. Nick, after all, should not be able to even consider doing this… and on his own two feet too. Even the landing. I knew I shouldn’t have worn mascara.alix falling out of sky 019
Take a look at their videos when I get them uploaded… a cameraman jumped with each of them so I even get to share a little of that too. On Alex’s jump you will simply see a joy so contagious I’m willing to bet you can’t help smiling… as well as moments that had us howling with laughter. alix falling out of sky 043On Nick’s face there is  relaxed wonder. In some ways my sons are very different, but in others they are very much the same. I am always proud of them both, but today was something special.IMG_0141
It just goes to show that ‘impossible’ things can happen, and do.
I want to thank everyone who supported my sons, and particularly the staff at Hinton Skydiving who were just wonderful. The in flight pictures were taken by the photographers.flyboys 109Nick’s words on landing said it all.

“I want to go back up.”IMG_0169

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She has written a number of books, both alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com
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32 Responses to A day to smile…

  1. Darcy says:

    DRAT. Where’d the Kleenex go?!

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  2. sknicholls says:

    They did it! Brave men 🙂

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  3. Just fabulous! And I have a huge grin on my face and a few tears even though I’ve only just ‘met’ you.

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  4. Incredible, Sue! Your post made me smile and weep 🙂 What a day to remember! xo

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  5. alienorajt says:

    Oh, Sue, this has made me cry – so special and wonderful and moving. The photos say it all. You must be so proud of the lads. Triumphant day in every respect. Now off to search for tissues. Hugs to all, Ali xxx

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  6. the joy – yours and theirs – is palpable! What a truly wonderful day.

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  7. Of course he wanted to go back up! Maybe next time you’ll join them. 🙂 Just dispense with the mascara.

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  8. kanzensakura says:

    I am sooooo glad I don’t wear mascara….what a gobby mess I would be. Oh how I wish I could give you all a huge hug and jump up and down with delight at this incredible happening. Love, love, love, to you all.

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  9. Eliza Waters says:

    It looked exhilarating. Perfect weather, too. What a brave Momma you are. I don’t think I could have watched! But then, I don’t think I could have stayed home either! You have 2 great kids there!

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    • Sue Vincent says:

      I’m fairly laid back where they are concerned… they’ve thrown pretty much everything at me over the years, Eliza 🙂 But yes, I have two great kids… even if hey do look down on my from a great height with laughter. 🙂

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  10. Éilis Niamh says:

    Wow! Wonderful! Maith thú. Congratulations to you and your sons, what a wonderful day and experience and opportunity!!!

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  11. Lizzy says:

    Fantastic achievement! I’m so glad it all went perfectly, and well done you for watching. xxx

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  12. hugmamma says:

    super proud moment, albeit a little…scary…just a little…

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