It was Halloween and Sarah was the only one in costume – Rosie the Riveter. Rich was running for the Monterey Navy Flying Club President. He didn’t know it then, but that day he would win the election and win in love.
They both got into an old T-34 Navy trainer plane. While strapping Sarah into the plane, Rich suddenly realized he was nervous. He didn’t get nervous easily. This was supposed to be a fun, goof around flight. It took a lot to rattle his nerves.
They took off and they “cloud surfed.” The plane dipped and soared like a roller coaster. Rich looked at Sarah in the mirror. He was on Cloud Nine. He knew at the moment, she would be the one for him. He took out his cell phone and took the picture of the woman he knew he would marry. Sarah smiled. Rich would always make her smile. He would treat her like she was the most special girl in the world and just like on that first flight, she would love his strength and always feel secure with him.
Even on the ground, as long as they had each other, they would always feel like they were flying. Love has wings.
Sarah and Rich… thank you so much for serving our country.
Special thanks to Jesse Ulloa for helping me on Christmas Eve as I captured this love story.