“John, I know you are tolerating the time here you aren’t flying. After all, you’ve made quite an impression on the other pilots and mechanics,” said Steve a few weeks later over after-dinner coffee.
“I guess my background as a crew chief and mechanic actually came in handy.”
“All the other families talk about how you’ve been helping out with teaching. Some of the pilots say you are a natural with air frames and powerplants,” Rachel, Steve’s wife said.
“That’s all fine, but what about Jason? I need to earn his respect or something. I’ve got to figure out how to make him see I’m ready to start some serious flying.”
“I really don’t think that will be too far into the future.”
John noticed Rachel’s pursing lips and quivering chin, her attempt to hide a mischievous smile.
“Okay, guys, what’s going on? I’ve only known you a little while, but nonetheless, too well.”
“It’s like this. No matter how you imagine your relationship with Jason, he respects you tremendously. But he knows your heart isn’t in it for the long haul,” said Steve.
“Who does he think...,” said John.
“Hold on now, let me finish. We’ve had lots of pilots here and each with his own reasons. Some want to be missionaries, some are drawn by danger, and some, like you, love to fly but have future plans that don’t end here,” said Steve.
“Is that usually a problem?” asked John.
“Of course not,” Rachel interrupted. “We’ve always accepted everyone who served with us no matter what motivated them to do so. God has his own way of bringing people into his work.”
“She’s right. And Jason sees that potential in you. You’ve impressed him thus far, and he is ready to give you more responsibility, right away,” Steve said.
Jeffrey W. Bennett, is the author of Commitment-A Novel and other non-fiction books, novels and periodicals.