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He Can Fly!

He can fly! He can fly! (Yes, just like the Peter Pan song!)

Recently my family celebrated a major milestone in my brother’s life: his wings! Josh spent this past year in flight school with the Navy, and after lots of blood, sweat and no tears (this is the military we’re talking about) he finally became a pilot.

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

We all flew down to Texas for the ceremony: my parents, grandmas, cousins, and tons of Josh’s friends. The day started out with a brunch honoring the new pilots. We dressed up, but Josh went “casual.”

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

The gang. Or should I say, Josh’s crew:

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Not wanting to let Josh have all the fun, Corrie and I tried our hands at flying our own Navy planes. Turns out, it’s not that hard!

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

After breakfast we got to explore a real Navy plane.

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Then, while we waited for the ceremony to start, we got to play in the flight simulator. So I basically learned how to fly a Navy plane while in heels. What, like it’s hard?!

That afternoon the Navy had the official ceremony. Each pilot was joined onstage by his family, and had his wings pinned onto his uniform by a person of his choice.

I was touched and honored that Josh asked me to pin on his wings. It was such a special moment, especially since my brother means the world to me.

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Although, I do have to say that this Hallmark moment wasn’t exactly smooth flying. It was so hard to get that pin on! It took forever, and of course it didn’t help that my dad was standing next to me loudly whispering “don’t worry, no one is watching!”

Finally I got the wings on, and Josh responded by giving the audience a thumbs-up. Thanks family!

Afterwards there were hugs all around, and we went out and celebrated Josh’s big day.

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

Josh and I have a running pilot’s joke:

Q: How can you tell if there’s a Navy pilot at the party?

A: Because he’ll tell you!

So in honor of that, I got our family these t-shirts:

Navy Pilot Wings Ceremony - Wanderlust in the City

I couldn’t be more prouder of you Josh! I love you!

~A

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10 replies »

  1. Wonderful celebration, good for him. Thank you for making his day something special. If he told you how hard he had to work in the last year, you would think he was making it all up. Not true, what he has accomplished is very special. Thank him for his service and thank you and your family for supporting him..

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