Teamwork, skill and loving hearts gave these yearlings another chance at life.
I keep this with me, on my phone, because in short form, it embodies the indomitable, fireball spirit that is my Mom as well as her desire for me to know I am loved.
Love takes many forms and sometimes many years to apprehend.
Some loves are warm and predictable. Others are prickly and require work. Some loves are easily palpable. Some stand the test of time. There is a full spectrum, a multiplicity of ways to love and be loved, some complex, others more easily apprehended.
But that's older me talking. Younger me had a very black and white view of what a parent's love should be.
If I could speak to the young person I was between 15 and 30 years old, I would say, "hold on, just trust... Life has dealt that woman a hand many, if not most, would crumble under. And she has not. YOU need time to grow, time to see a longer perspective."
I wonder if I had appeared as an older me if younger me would have even listened.
It is humbling to look back with the realization that, indeed, I was loved. I am loved. Now, I am listening and I love my Mom with a kind of wonder that fills me with joy and makes me laugh at my Self.
She is really a little warrior, a spitfire not to be trifled with. And she loved her children with the same spirit.
- Fort Lauderdale Air Tours / SkymaxPilot, presentAirplane Rides + Air Tours + Air Taxi + Learn to Fly
When I'm not in the air or in the hangar, I'm instagramming from paradise (@Vallynn_) or planning my next travel adventure. Otherwise you'll find me in my garden, snipping lettuce, cursing weeds and praying to the tomato god.
Professional Background: Pilot. Aviation Consultant.
- 2015 Recipient, Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship American Flyers CFI Academy
- 2015 Air Carrier Certificate (Go Air Taxi Inc. Part 135 Certification)
- 2014 Commercial Pilot
- 2013 Air Carrier Certificate (Skymax Inc. Part 135 Certification)
- 2010 Letter of Authorization from FAA to conduct Commercial Air Tours
- 1999 First Solo
- 1993 Discovery Flight: Pitt County Airport, Greenville, NC
"Women have always been an equal part of the past. We just haven't been a part of history." --
- Salem CollegeB.S., Biology, 1989 - 1991
- East Carolina UniversityEast Carolina University, 1991 - 1993
- Broward Community CollegeLiberal Arts, 1982 - 1985
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