Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

Tomorrow I’m leavin’ on a jet plane to visit my mother. As I was packing and preparing for the flight tomorrow, that old song running through my mind, I was reminded of another flight I took 41 ago…

In early 1967, I was chosen to be an exchange student with the American Field Service (now known as AFS Intercultural Programs). Looking back, I realize that the year I spent in Argentina was a “pivot point” in my life — that point where I stood still, poised to move in one direction or another. A photograph of me, at age 17, was snapped at the moment I hesitated at the top of the stairs while boarding the airplane to Argentina, looked back over my shoulder, and then began the forward motion of my life.

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9 thoughts on “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane

  1. Nymeth

    It’s funny how defining certain moments end up being, isn’t it? And how nice to have one captured in a picture. Have a safe trip, Robin!

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  2. Bellezza

    I love that song (“Leaving on A Jet Plane”) but better yet is the picture of you. I’m glad you told us it was you, as you resemble Audrey Hepburn up there. It’s fun to reflect how the adventures in our lives create who we are today.

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  3. Robin

    Thanks, Nymeth. That certainly was a “defining moment” for me, and I’m so glad my Dad captured it for me.

    Thanks, Tara. Isn’t is strange how we always used to get dressed up to go on an airplane? It was so different in those days — comfort and service were high priorities for the airlines.

    Thanks, Tanabata.

    Thanks, Bellezza. Audrey Hepburn … you put a smile on my face for all today! Thanks!

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  4. Susan

    What a fun picture. I was an exchange student to The Philippines when I was in high school. It was a pivotal year for me, too – a year I will never ever forget.

    I’m glad you had a good trip visiting with family.

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  5. Robin

    Thanks, Susan. I’d be interested in your stories about living in the Philippines! These cultural exchanges are incredible experiences.

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