Airman's Odyssey by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Three vintage event tales, reminders of either the romance and the truth of the pioneer period of aviation: evening Flight; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Flight to Arras. creation via Richard Bach. Translated via Lewis Galantière and Stuart Gilbert.

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It made them sick. It tasted funny: not how they remembered. Sometimes when I am lying in bed, reaching unsuccessfully for sleep, I think about food. I create a theme, like potatoes. In my head, I conjure up the different potato dishes my mother cooked when I was a child, and they fly magically across my mind’s eye like a scene from Bewitched. New potatoes in cream and dill; potato pancakes; pork chops with scalloped potatoes. The backdrop for these reveries is always summer: there is a yellow and red swing set that clangs to a stop as Mama calls our names for dinner, and screen doors that slam open and shut all along the lane, thwack, thwack, thwack.

One day, Anh took me to her favourite Vietnamese restaurant where she graciously interpreted the menu for me. I told her about when my mother got involved in helping Vietnamese refugees in Ottawa, and suddenly everything she cooked was Asian: spring rolls, stir fries, grilled whole fish, not a potato in sight. I grew to love the clean, fresh taste of Vietnamese food. ” Anh and I ate salad rolls with peanut sauce, ground prawn wrapped around sugarcane, and barbecued chicken redolent of lemongrass and lime.

Men walk by carrying rakes and scythes on their shoulders, women herd geese and cows. The light on this June afternoon is incandescent, making a chiaroscuro of the lupins, poppies, and wild roses that grow with abandon by the side of the road. Olena, in flowered kerchief, tunic, and long skirt, stands beside her house. She is expecting us. As Cousin Roxolana and I emerge from our taxi, Olena holds out her wide, capable arms. I burst into tears as she kisses me three times, cheek and cheek and cheek again.

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