A final leap of faith

29th February 2020 Weekend Challenge LEAP  

Life remains unchanged till a leap of faith runs towards heaven ~ Santos Kalwar

Over on Weekly Prompts the weekend challenge from partner GC and me is Leap

Fred enjoyed his solitary walks around the cemetery, and positioned at the end of the airport’s extended runway meant he had a magnificent view of the planes taking off from the highest airport in England.

Yeadon airport 1965Fred had witnessed many transformations since the 1960s, back then today’s busy airport was little more than a small aerodrome.

Canadian Airforce

He seldom met anyone else here, except for those occasions where a unique plane would arrive,  such as the one last year, the huge C-17 Canadian military transport plane.

On that day people abandoned their cars, and sightseers poured into the road below and spilled out onto nearby cattle tracks; children playing games ran around the cemetery, but worse still were those men that urinated over gravestones. Fred didn’t like seeing people being so disrespectful.

Now and again he saw a fair-haired lady park her car at the side of the cemetery, Fred noticed she usually carried a camera. He once tried to catch her eye to say hello, but she was preoccupied and didn’t notice him.

Fred had never in his life travelled on an aeroplane, and the more he gazed at the planes taking off, the more he yearned to be up there vanishing into the clouds; he vowed that one day he would gather up the courage and do just that.

SONY DSCAt long last the day arrived that Fred had dreamed of, he watched the plane pick up speed as it travelled toward the end of the runway and as the wings rose above him, he closed his eyes and took a final leap of faith.

Copy of The cemetery at Yeadon 3As Fred peered out from the small cabin window toward his grave below, a triumphant smile swept across his ghostly face.

Fred's Grave

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 Weekend Challenge Leap from Weekly Prompts.


Picture Credit: C-17 transport plane and the cemetery Yorkshire Post Newspapers. Yeadon Aerodrome, Leeds History.co.uk. 

33 thoughts on “A final leap of faith

    1. Derrick, thank you so much for the link. What an interesting family history you have. I agree, a sight like that would certainly draw in amazing crowds. 🙂

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  1. Sorry Sue,I’m just home from my big enjoyable day out(Pako Festa again)…. it’s 11.30 pm and sleep is beckoning……I’ve got some glorious pic’s, and I’ll post an article in the morning…. xx

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  2. Murphy's Law

    A wonderful whimsical story Sue! We all have a bit of Fanciful Fred in us. I hope when we take our leap of faith we feel as elated as Fred did! Lol.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. This one has been in my head for over thirty years and I have no idea why it took so long to write it! Thank you so much for your comment, Ginger. I hope I feel just as happy too! 🙂


  3. You know you scared me half to death (no pun intended) when you wrote that neither you nor Gerry would be here for the next Leap Year Challenge day…..until I read the entire line.
    Good one, Sue!

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  4. 🙂 Oh! What a wonderful story, Sue! 🙂
    I think we can all relate to Fred in some way.
    And hopefully we will be brave and try what we long to try, what is new, or even scary…because life is too short.
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…your amazing story reminds me of what Margaret Shepherd said, “Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” 🙂

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    1. I’m delighted you liked my story, thank you so much. You’re right you know, life is relatively short. We should take it by the horns and do as little or as much with it as we really want to do.
      I had to resort to Google to find out who Margaret Shepherd is, but still not sure if I have the right answer. An American Calligrapher?
      Thank you for your lovely comments, Carolyn

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    1. Strange how we carry ideas around with us but never get down on paper, until one day something reminds us and the seed begin to grow. I’m glad you liked the pictures. The Jet 2 plane was en route to Berlin, it carried my twelve-year-old granddaughter on her first school trip abroad. I waited in my usual spot next to the cemetery and took the picture as her plane took off.
      Thank you, so much, Lisa for you lovely comments.

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  5. I’ve a uncle who’s birthday is the 29th Feb… he’s sill going well at 96 !! , but only 24 ……I’ve just post my picture story, about my lovely outing yesterday….. It’s taken me most of the day to organise 100 photos I took…..

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    1. Yes, I’ve just seen your post and commented.

      96 is a grand age, maybe there’s hope for the next leap year challenge after all!
      Thank you, Ivor. 🙂


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