By Dr. William Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - This May, college graduates will be launched into a world of independence. While celebrating hard work, they should also thank those who have helped along the way.
As an instrument rated pilot, I can recall the first time that I flew alone to speak at a conference. With training and exams behind me, I pulled back the stick in a Piper Cherokee to leave Richmond.
I was doing this "all by myself!" After thirty-five minutes of flight, I could see Farmville and even the campus....but could not find the airport. After circling a water tower, I decided to call the Washington Center, about 100 miles away.
"Washington, this is Cherokee 2836G (golf)." "Go head 36 Golf" said a calm voice. I responded, "Washington Center, I am in the Farmville area and it is hazy, would you give me the best heading to the field."
I did not want to say that I was lost. He gave me a heading and said that the field should be twelve o'clock in about two minutes.
"Affirmative", I responded and the Farmville airport emerged in front of me. "Washington, I have the field." The voice returned, "36G, turn downwind for the active runway."
He then directed, " Turn left to base and tell me when you are over the numbers" "36G, over the numbers", ..."and Washington, thanks for the help" " The pleasure was all mine 36G," he affirmed, now, put it down gently." Within one hour I had felt the euphoria of independence and the humility that comes with my need for others. And so, another graduation with gratitude.