The Little Blue Angel

by RhodesTer on November 19, 2009

All of a sudden, I’m kind of a hero.

I was just sitting here last night perusing various websites and minding my own business, when Cody came in for a brief visit before bed.

He’s Joanna’s nine-year-old son. Joanna is coffeesister’s cousin, who we’re staying with for a bit before forging on to San Francisco.

Cody asked, “Watcha doin’?”

GVLkYcquQqp32ivgYoDCsW73o1_500I quickly closed the window that displayed the lingerie models.

“Just looking at angels” I said, somewhat truthfully. It was what popped into my head at the moment.

“What kind of angels?” he asked.

“Blue angels” I replied, less than truthfully. It was all I could think of.

“I want to see!”

He plopped down next to me, so I called up YouTube and typed in “BLUE ANGELS,” knowing full well I’d get videos of the Navy’s precision flying team in action. Sometimes -- not always, but sometimes -- I’m a fast thinker.

Cody’s eyes grew to the size of F-18 Hornet intakes after the first minute of the first video I played for him -- it turned out he’d never seen them before. He’d never even seen fighter jets in action. He hasn’t even seen Top Gun, due to that pesky R rating.

“Are those professional pilots?” he asked.

from the Blue Angels official website -

I explained to him how they’re US Navy fighter pilots who rotate onto duty as Blue Angels, and that they do a “tour” for several years with the team before going back to being regular fighter pilots. I told him that they’re not only professional, but that they’re the best of the best, undergoing rigorous training and testing that most pilots wash out of. Only a very small percentage get to be Blue Angels.

Then I had to explain to him what regular Navy fighter pilots are and how they land and take-off from aircraft carriers in the middle of the ocean. I showed him videos of that, and then I showed him close-ups of F-18 Hornets and told him how they can fly faster than sound.

Now he wants to be a fighter pilot.

We haven’t told his mom about this. Coffeesister and I are renting a room from her for a bit, and want to stay in her good graces. Thank god she’s too busy most of the time to read this blog.

But aside from how his mom is going to react, I feel as though I’m a bit of a hero just for introducing a nine-year-old boy to The Blue Angels. When I suggested that he should ask his dad, who lives nearby, to take him to a Blue Angels air-show he hit Mach-one on the excitement scale, so we looked at their website to try and get a show schedule for 2010 but they don’t have one posted yet.

Moments later he went to bed with Blue Angels on the brain.

from the Blue Angels official website -

Perhaps someday he will be a Navy fighter pilot. Maybe even a Blue Angel. Probably not, because at nine he has a lot of years ahead of him to sort that stuff out, but what if?

I’d love to still be around, and be at that first exhibition show he participates in. I’d love to have him introduce me to his teammates as the old man who showed him the vintage YouTube videos of the Blue Angels back when they flew Hornets. He’d tell them I was the one who ignited the spark, and maybe I’d even get a ride in the backseat of his very own F-57 Spitwad with invisible shields and warp-speed capability.

One never knows, but one can always hope.. and dream.

tell the WORLD..
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Grandad November 19, 2009 at 5:29 am

Can’t help but wonder what the Wright Brothers would make of them?
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2 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 5:32 am

I think they’d duck, and then look up and say, “what in the F**K was THAT?”


3 Grandad November 19, 2009 at 5:36 am

Heh! More than likely. Or else they’d shrug and decide not to invent powered flight?
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4 Rene November 19, 2009 at 10:26 am

What a sweet, touching story Dave. This has all the makings of a magazine piece, I think you should get it out there.
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5 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Someday maybe simply being posted on my blog will be considered the equivalent to being “out there.”

Thank you.


6 Lorna November 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm

would you like to be a hero to me? I’d like to put an image on my website, but have no idea how to do it….
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7 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 7:40 pm

I’ll let your webmaster know.. she’s about ten feet away as I type this.


8 Krispy November 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

I’d love to have him introduce me to his teammates as the old man who showed him the vintage YouTube videos

That would be awesome. And you have a good start: He can already introduce you to people as “old man.”
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9 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm

HAR! *wheeze*


10 Leann November 19, 2009 at 4:33 pm

No wonder you couldn’t talk to me last night :-)


11 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Actually, at that moment, I was grooming our herd of Llamas to prep them for regionals.


12 HeadacheSlayer November 19, 2009 at 5:26 pm

The thing is, *someone* has to do it, so why NOT him? I know it’s not quite true when we tell kids they can do anything they want. But what’s the harm in reaching for the stars, even if you don’t make it?

My daughter is bound and determined to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio for Judo. And yeah as parents we have that “omg what if she makes it” giddyness, but why NOT her?

Tell him to dream big. And really really good save, my friend ;)
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13 RhodesTer November 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Maybe he’ll marry your daughter, and they’ll be a flying/ass-kicking team of some sort.


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