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The Crop Duster's Daughter

Rhonda A. Colia

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ISBN 10: 1514430215 / ISBN 13: 9781514430217
Published by Xlibris, 2015
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Title: The Crop Duster's Daughter

Publisher: Xlibris

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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I was driving on a graveled road leaving a trail of dust behind me and singing at the top of my voice. I was rounding a very tallforKansas kind of hill. It was one of those curves that seemed to go on forever. I wasn't paying much attention to the road or as it turned out, to my mom's flying signals either. That changed abruptly when suddenly my mom was flying low and straight at me. We were eyetoeye!. I could see her laughing as we locked eyes. (Now I understand why my pony, Silver, didn't care for this)! Mom was very careful as she flew right over the hood and roof of the car. She dropped a flag from her automatic flagman mounted on the right wing. In retrospect, it was a marvel that I didn't crash! On the other hand, this was pretty par for my mom! (I came by this naturally, guys!) This proves it! The good news is that I got her message. I was approaching an otherwise unmarked turn that I needed to make and Mom just wanted to get my attention so I didn't miss it. Mission accomplished! Laundry necessary!

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My name is Rhonda, and I'm the baby of the family with three older siblings-Steve, Ben, and Laurie. I grew up flagging farmers' fields with my brothers and sister and mixing and loading chemicals into the hopper of the Pawnee 235 spray rig, a workhorse in the industry. My clothes, although always washed, retained the taint of these toxic chemicals, something my classmates never failed to mention. My first job began at the ripe age of five years old when I was paid a dime for every fuselage I washed, which at the height of the business was about thirteen airplanes. When I was six, I was put on runway duty. I rode my Shetland pony, Silver, up and down the runway picking up any nails, screws, or shards of glass that might puncture a tire. I got a penny for every item retrieved and this was in addition to the fuselage follies. Child labor, my foot! It's been an interesting ride! My husband is always asking me for just one moment of quiet in our lives. But it's good to be busy, and it's good to know why you're happy and to remember to be thankful for all the lessons life gives, even the tough ones. Without them, we would never shape our character or understand forgiveness. Today, I live in a bedroom community of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am happily and fantabulously married to the man of my dreams. He is my rock and my confidant. My daughter is now a grown woman, just blossoming into her own best. She is the light in my life, and I have lifelong friends who have shared my sojourn through this world. It doesn't get much better than that! Mom was a pioneer in aviation and an exceptional crop duster and a strong, strong woman. And I am proud to be the crop duster's daughter!

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