This is son #2 the Air Canada Pilot with his new girl---It is son#2's Birthday---He was born in 1969 in Ottawa---He was a quiet baby---ate -slept----didn't cry----which was good for me as I had an 18 month old at home ---He was born in a snow storm-----
As soon as he could get onto his feet-----he never stopped moving-----
He was quick------and I lived in fear he would injure himself--or that I would lose him-When himself and I stopped the car to shop somewhere (and those days there were no seat belts)- I remember once , he jumped out of the back seat of the car and ran towards the store---I thought for sure he was going to get hit by a car---He was probably 2-3 yrs old---
He had a tiny 2 wheel bicycle at 3 yrs of age--and he rode that thing, fast like the wind-- up and down the parking lot of the townhouse we lived in.
We had 5 children, and made many trips to Florida , every winter, to spend Xmas with my Mom and Dad--We crammed all 5 children in a station wagon--no seat belts----and it was always son #2 who pinched and pestered all of them--but when I turned my head, trying to catch him in the act, he would be sitting there like an angel, smirking, with the other siblings weeping and wailing!
I soon learned that this child was probably much brighter than me---and it was a challenge everyday , for me, to keep one step ahead of him, if for no other reason than to keep him alive!
And so, after racing his BMX bike---doing competitive swimming and making the National Canadian swim team where he still holds a Breast Stroke record, it was no surprise to himself and I that he decided to become a pilot and fly airplanes with real people in it--He graduated from Seneca College in their flight school program, with Honors----
So son #2----Happy Birthday!---I know you love your job!
When you meet this guy----in the Airbus--sit back and relax--because you know you will arrive safely at yer destination--with a smooth landing---Go and talk to him--Tell him that you are a "Spark buddy""--
So--eat yer fruit----give away the boxes of candies---and fly like the turtles--
Son #2 does!