|Tito and Renata Gaona|
Every operation needs someone to work the front of the house, and Renata Gaona fulfills that role to perfection. When I arrived at the school, Renata greeted me with a big hug and kiss as if we were old friends. She then walked me over to the staging area where some students from SKY Academy were warming up. (SKY Academy is a charter school for middle school students with a focus on physical activity.)
|The warm-up helped the kids get|
to this position on the flying trapeze.
When it was time to transition from the warm-up to the flying trapeze, the kids didn't exhibit much in the way of nerves. Most, if not all, of the students had been on the trapeze before, as a visit to the Flying Trapeze Academy is an annual outing. And, of course, there is the fact that they are 8th graders.
|Preparing for the leap of faith|
|Neecha and Nino Braun|
|SKY Academy kids with Tito and Nino|
As I was gathering my things, Tito asked if I would be interested in flying sometime. (The Academy has regular classes as well as a summer camp program.) Throughout the morning, my thoughts had repeatedly gone back to my somewhat traumatic zip line experience at a water park last summer. (The incident prompted my sister to send me a card that read, "Putting the whole hideous thing behind me by blogging about it," which I did last August.) Sure, I hadn't been wearing a harness, and hitting the water has more of an impact than falling into a safety net. Still, I can't quite see myself standing up on that platform and crying out "lista" any time soon. If I do, though, you'll be the first to know.