My son my inspiration

My son Ken next to FA-18
My son Ken next to FA-18 | Source

His passion for flying began at a very young age.....


My oldest son, ever since he was a tiny toddler made me laugh and would also make me cry. I was very young when I gave birth to this beautiful son of mine. I have two other children and they are all my pride and joy. But with Ken, I wasn't very experienced at the parenting part yet. As he grew older he had a mind of his own. He was so independent and very curious. At the very young age of 4, at his very first air show in San Jose, he got a taste for the amazing “Harrier jet”. He screamed really loud in fright and hid from the noise, little did we know that his future was going to be in “flying”.

I have to tell you that during his younger years the love of flying was in his blood. After his first taste of jets, this young boy was hooked, hook line and sinker. By age 5, he could tell you if the plane coming in your direction was a 737 or a 747, I still don’t know the difference, but he did. He could hear the sound of a jet and was able to call it before he even saw it. It was amazing to see the passion he had at that young age for flying.

He had also learned to fly on his commodore 64 computer, remember those. That was a long time ago, then we upgraded to a Tandy 1000, this really takes me back. The Christmas that we gave him the FA-18 flying computer program, he about died. While other kids were skate boarding, my son was at the small airport here in Oak Harbor near our home talking to the pilots. Ken would ride his 10 speed bike to the airport strip and wait to talk to whoever would listen. He also befriended some pilots who would take him up in their small planes, my son was on cloud 9. At the airport he was referred to as the “airport bumb”. He loved it.

My son went through the usual teen age years, working at Wendy’s after school, playing tennis and golf. He was very good at everything he attempted, my sisters named him my “Golden Child”, I don’t know if he ever knew that. He did really well in school and at time of graduation he gave us the news that he was going to enlist into the Navy.

Bright day at 30,000 ft
Bright day at 30,000 ft | Source

My son wasn't going to settle for second best.....


So the day arrived when it was time to enlist in the Navy. Right before this happened in 1991, the US invaded Qwait. Knowing he was going into the service my son said to me one day, “mom someday I will probably go over there if a war breaks out”. Little did I know this would come to pass.

My son enlisted and went to boot camp. He was chosen to be a back seater in the S-3’s. While in training for this, he called me one day and said, “mom, I can’t be a back seater, I want to fly”. So I said well son, if that is what you really want then go for it. So he did just that. He did his homework and to make a long story short – my son applied for a Boost ROTC scholarship and got it! Praise God. He was going to college to become a pilot. It was so exciting for all of us. Of course this meant a lot of hard work and learning in his future. First came Prep school in San Diego for starters, he was there for a year then when he completed this school, he got married to a very beautiful and amazing young lady. She was just what my son needed to help him through the next few very difficult college years.

College graduation day arrived, Ken was on the Dean’s list every semester and graduated at the top of his class with honors. The rest of the story is just as amazing. He received his wings in Kingsville Texas, Geegee77 and Ladyjane1 were there for the celebration, as well as other family members. He went into the FA-18 community in Lemoore, CA. Then during the middle east crisis and after 9/11, he was flying over Baghdad with almost zero fuel and lost one engine. Everything he was taught kicked into action and he made it back to the ship safely – God was with him during that time, and he was comforting us while he was away.

In 2005, Ken was also chosen to fly with the FA-18 West Coast Hornet Technical Demonstration Team, he did this for a year in his career in the Navy. So I have witnessed first hand his amazing flying and abilities at the McChord Air Force Base here in Washington. He opened up for the Thunderbirds and what a show that was. My heart felt like it was going to jump out of my body when I saw him do maneuvers at such high speeds . He also opened for the Blue Angels in California a few times as well. When he was younger and we took him to air shows he always made it a point to go and talk to the pilots, well now the younger kids were there asking him questions, what goes around comes around as they say. After that particular air show my son received a “thank you” note and card from a little boy who he had taken the time to talk to. “That’s what it’s all about mom", my son said to me.

My son after a day in the sky
My son after a day in the sky | Source

He still is living his dream......


He has lived and is still living is dream. He made his own future. Later in life my son was at Top Gun, he was an “Adversary Instructor”. Now he is stationed very close to us in Washington. This is a prayer come true for me, another big thanks to God. They now live only a few hours drive from where we live which is another wonderful blessing. He is a proud dad of four amazing children, ranging in ages from 16, 14, 12, 7, and he is the husband to Krista who is an “Angel” (that is the only word I can use to describe his lovely wife). She has been by his side through good and bad times and deserves a medal as far as I am concerned. Since I wrote this article about 4 years ago my grandson who is now 20 has joined the military as well. Kenny joined the army and graduated basic training in South Carolina in late July 2014. I am very proud of both my son and his son for wanting to serve their country like they have done.

I want to say "thank you" son, from the bottom of my heart. For serving our country so proudly, and for the sacrifices you've made, all for America's safety and freedom. I salute you! I would like to also give my ex-husband the credit here, because he was always a good father and encouraged our son during his growing up years as well.

My son is an inspiration to me, he always will be. He worked hard in school and he kept focused, he was determined and knew what it would take to see his dream come true. He knew what he wanted in life and he went for it. He didn’t give up even when faced with some circumstances that were beyond his control he pressed on and followed it through. He has always stood up for what was right and loves his family and country very much, as seen by the sacrifices he has made. I thank God each and every day for having blessed my son and for keeping him safe all during his military career and in his life.

My prayer is that if you have a son or a daughter who has a dream, that you will do everything you can to encourage them and lift them up to God, then sit back and watch him do the rest!


What my son is doing today.......

I wrote this hub a few years ago, so I wanted to update you on what is happening to this son of mine. He retired from the military 4 years ago and then went to work for an organization for a few years based out of Fallon to train pilots, which is what he was doing at Top Gun when he retired.

Fast forward to present today, he just was picked up by Delta Airlines and began training this week to fly their planes. He has come full circle and I am so grateful to Almighty God for directing the paths of my blessed man. Thank you Jesus for all you have done in my son's life and ours! Cheers

My son doing his FA-18 demonstration at McChord Air Force Base 2005

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Wayne Brown 5 years ago from Texas

Salute to a very proud mom...and rightfully so...you deserve much credit yourself for being there for him and helping him to believe in his vision and making it come true! WB


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Wayne, thanks for stopping in and for the nice comments, appreciate that. Yes, my ex-husband and I certainly did our best to encourage him and our other children to follow their hearts. Blessings!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

It's so wonderful to read a piece that is positive and uplifting!! To know that your son has and is achieving his dreams, gives hope to others that they can achieve their dreams too.


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craftdrawer 5 years ago

How wonderful to read about a parent's joy. He seems like a wonderful man it's great to know that some of us can live our dreams. Great writing by the way!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Beth100, thanks for the kind comments and yes my goal in writing this was to hopefully inspire moms and dads to encourage their children to follow their dreams. Blessings!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hello craftdrawer, so good to see you here. Thank you so much for your comments and yes I am from a mindset that when there is joy in my heart to share, why not do it. Blessings!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

What a wonderful tribute to Ken and you! I just saw a CNN piece intereviewing 2 WW II veterans about DDay June 6, 1944. They were both pilots. Amazing stories by amazing men.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you Truckstop Sally, sure appreciate the comments and for reading my hub...blessings!


Ramon Tamayo 5 years ago

Wow sis that was great, and I remember when Sean went to talk to the pilots. The way kids are, really reflect on how the parents were on supporting them. I could not be more proud of Sean and you. I can't wait to see my nephews and my niece. We will visit you before you know it. Love you all.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

A beautiful tribute to both your son and your son the patriot.

The Frog


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi there Ramon, so good to see you here and thanks for the very encouraging comments....you are a blessing to me and can't wait to see you, I still call him by his middle name too...it's a hard habit to break. Love you so much, blessings to you and Ali.

@Frog Prince, thank you so much for your comments I will pass them along. Blessings


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sheila b. 5 years ago

This was so good to read! And not only are you proud of your son, all of America is proud of him. Yes, he certainly is an inspiration. Thank you for telling us about your son.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi Sheila, thank you so much for the very kind comments I will certainly pass that along to him. Blessings to you!


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ladyjane1 5 years ago from Texas

Very nice sis...yea Ken has come a long way and I know it wasn't an easy journey. Nice that you have always been so supportive of him. We are all very proud of him...but I will never let him take me up in a plane again the last time my feet were up in the air so fast he was trying to get me to lose my cookies but it didn't work...lol great hub. Cheers.


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Ladyjane, thanks so much for your kind words and for the reminder of you in his plane.....LOL glad you didn't loose it up there...love you!


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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

Hey sis this was an awsome tribute to my nephew, I also remember those days when he would hear a plane outside and could tell me exactly what kind it was. I was always amazed at that!. Great hub you should be very proud, as we all are:) ge


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi geegee77, thanks so much for the comments I will also pass them along to Ken, they will mean so much to him as they do me. Blessings sis!


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

What a beautiful story of love and success. Bravo!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi there Pops, glad you are back. Thanks for the bravo...your comments always welcome - blessings!


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

I don't know how I missed this Hub. You should be really proud of your amazing son. Heck, I am proud of him after reading this and I've never even met him.

I enjoyed your story—his story—immensely. The photos are excellent. The video is very cool.

What a blessing your son is to you. To all of us.

Thank you for sharing this.

James

ps I don't know if I have told you this but I was in the aviation business for 14 years. My dad and younger brother are both big-time corporate and charter jet captains. :D

pss I didn't know you were related to Geegee77 and Ladyjane1! Sisters?


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Hi James, thanks for the awesome comments about my son. Yes, I am very proud of him and his family, they are a blessing in all of our lives. I will keep that in mind about your dad and brother, very cool info to know. Yes, I am the eldest in the family, then there is my sister Rose56, (who also writes for hubpages), then Ladyjane1 and Geegee77 are the two youngest in the bunch. We each contribute our different views and ideas here on hubpages, talent just runs in the family - what can I say.....:)

Thanks for stopping in, and as always I love hearing from you!!! Blessings!


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Storytellersrus 5 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Congratulations on a job well done, Mom!


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thanks storytellersrus, I appreciate that very much.....:)


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Mom?


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

What are you asking???


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Whidbeywriter 5 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

@ James, now I understand, no storytellersrus is not my daughter.....:)


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

What a beautiful tribute to your son. Handsome fella. My oldest son is a Ken too. Served in the army and I do appreciate his service. God bless.


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Whidbeywriter 3 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you lambservant, there isn't a Ken who wasn't awesome and very handsome! Appreciate you stopping in and hearing his story.......very proud mom here......just like you. Thank your son for his service too! God Bless!


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Inspired Heart 15 months ago from Jamaica

Whidbeywriter, this hub is a tribute from a proud Mom. What a wonderful legacy. Congratulations!


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Whidbeywriter 15 months ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington Author

Thank you Inspired heart! It is that obvious that I am so proud. My son has since retired and flies for Delta...so we continue to be so very proud of him! Appreciate your comments...blessings!

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