For me, it was a particularly welcome respite from the unremitting reality that old folks don’t always have it so good.
Fortunately for Dorothy, though, her family’s a gem, especially her granddaughter Holly who with Dorothy’s hospice nurse, made sure she got her final wish. After seeing a man flying over her house in a motorized parachute, Dorothy told her family she wanted to do the same: to fly over her southeastern Kansas ranch home in the same airborne contraption. Six weeks before her death, Dorothy’s last wish was granted.
A poet once admonished, “Live as you would have wished to live when you are dying.” Good advice.
And from Dorothy Ellis, it was ‘over the rainbow’ inspiration personified.
Photo Credits: “Not in Kansas Anymore,” by garlandcannon, at Flickr via Creative Commons-licensed content requiring attribution.