“Mother may I try?”
Mother heard his question every day for weeks and her answer was always the same, “Not yet, sweetheart.”
Expecting the normal response, the abnormal came instead, “Yes, today you’re ready.”
With the confidence of youth, he stretched his muscles and stepped up to the ledge.
“Now,” she replied.
He made his leap from the ledge and tumbled briefly before outstretching his wings. The brilliantly contrasting feathers glistened in the sunlight as the wind caught them and lifted him from his fall.
“I can fly!” he cried as he flew low over the water.
This was his day.