I was driving up to Oshkosh, WI for the annual airshow and to be honest, there was a small part of me that wasn't wanting to go. Record breaking heat, massive crowds and a long walk to my car from event parking were just a few hurdles that I had to overcome. If the above is in your definition of a good time, I wont believe you. So much negativity to battle even though this event was like a massive magnet pulling me and my passion towards it.
I needed to be in Oshkosh by 5pm. In my haste of trying to make the trip to non stop I had eaten lunch in the car. Sure enough with 45 minutes left I had to pee. I stopped, and I was so glad that I did.
In the gas station staring right at me was a smiley face cookie. It was doing to me what I try to do to others, make people smile. I all of the sudden I had so many flash backs. PSA Airlines paint scheme, Duggy, Airplanes, People, First Solos, Passing A Check Ride, awesome friends, you name it. This cookie made me realize my goals of enduring a MASSIVE crowd, record breaking heat, and $3 bottles of water. It was simply to have fun. As much aviation stimulus all concentrated at this famous airport. It was all injected into me by this smiley face cookie, which was like Duggy "A smile in the sky."
This cookie was so important to my goal of the trip, I adopted the cookie. It rode in the front seat next to me until I could get back on the the highway. Then I ate it. Oh god, that is so sad. Ultimately I have to think the cookie did what it would have wanted me to do. I guess that makes me feel a little better.
As I parked my car and embarked on my long walk to the entrance gate of the event, Duggy flew over and smiled at me. It gave me a dose of my own medicine which is to have fun. I am glad I went to Oshkosh!
When did you smile last?