When I get Older, I want to go …

๐ŸŽถWhen I get older … ๐ŸŽถ I want to go flying like Jo Reed on her 90th birthday.

At least, I want to do something that I enjoyed doing when I was younger. For Jo Reed at 18, it was going up with her brother in a British Tiger Moth biplane.

Jo said those flights were “magical” experiences for her.

“You know, open cockpit and the wind rushing by,” Jo said.

“Then he’d do aerobatics to see if he could get me to scream. But I didn’t scream for him, so it wasn’t much fun for him …  It’s like going on a roller-coaster.”

Theresa Kliem ยท CBC News ยท Posted: Aug 18, 2020 

Like going on a roller-coaster. For me, what would it be?

I once went white water rafting down the Ottawa River. To be truthful, I didn’t know what I was getting into when I signed up. Someone in the gang said “Let’s go rafting!” and I said “Sure” thinking about bamboo rafting as I knew it.

Rafting on Martha Brae river in Jamaica. Photo TripAdvisor

It’s a three hour drive to the rafting site and I’d dozed off in the car. I woke up to feel of the car slowing down and the distant roar of something sounding like a freight train.

“Look at that!” my friend said.

White water rafting on Ottawa River – Photo from Viator

Not what I was expecting.

At least I wasn’t the only clueless person the group. One woman backed out at the last minute. “I can’t swim!” she said. Little did she know that swimming wouldn’t make a difference in this kind of water.

As it turned out, the ride was a hoot. It was wet, wild and wonderful. And the best part? It was jumping out of the raft and body surfing the rapids. Swimming be damned!

๐ŸŽถ When I get older at ninety years old … will I go rafting down the river grand? ๐ŸŽถ

We’ll just have to wait and see ๐Ÿ™‚

Toronto, Canada. August 2020


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  2. Based on this story, I am sure you will be rafting at 90, Sandy! What an adventure and good on you for going through with it and leaping over that comfort zone!
    I have to get on to writing about my own postcard from the past one day. You have reminded me that I have not done that yet.

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