MIAGD: Sitting on Erma’s rock

MIAGD: Make it a great day

It’s July 29, a beautiful Sunday morning, but also a bittersweet day as I remember my dear little pal, Flyer, who passed away five years ago this morning.

With only 19 minutes to spare, I decided to go on an adventure.

I quickly trimmed my hair, brushed off any excess hair, dressed, brush my teeth, and caught the No. 17 bus to downtown.

I stepped off at the stop sandwiched between Miami Valley hospital and the former Montgomery county fairgrounds. It was a nice leisurely stroll the few blocks through UD campus housing to Woodland Cemetery.

Once inside the cemetery I paid a visit to a dear “little friend,” Emily Crouch, the infant daughter of Felicia and John, and sister to Ryan and Molly. With each Woodland Cemetery visit my first order of business is to always pass through the mausoleum to visit Emily.

I ventured across the road to where Erma and Bill Bombeck rest. Near “the Arizona rock” is a memorial bench with two bowler hats, honoring the brothers Wright. These memorials are scattered throughout Dayton at significant points of interest. A robin redbreast was perched upon one of the hats. In so many ways it was a fitting rest stop for the little fellow.

I decided I would compose my principal blog post for the day seated on the memorial stone honoring Ms. Bombeck. I’ve often seen college students from The University of Dayton, next-door, and others, seated on this rock, reading, writing, listening to music, or just meditating.

I decided this would be a perfect spot to just relax and write. And, so far, it was a perfect choice.

My view of the Huffman family tomb on the crest of the hill just inside the entrance of Woodland cemetery.

Due to vacations and band camps I’ve two lessons today. I normally run the studio from 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM on Sunday, but today is adding in some respite time.

In the next few minutes I will decide whether to remain seated on the Arizona rock or hike up the hill to visit The Wright Family. I’m rather comfortable where I am.

Always make it a great day!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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