I first heard “Leaving on a Jet Plane” performed by the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. Over the years it was recorded by others, including Frank Sinatra, but perhaps no one as close to its meaning as John Denver, who wrote the lyrics. Here’s a clip of him singing it in 1977:
In his intro, Denver talks about it being the story of his life. Lately it is mine as well. Last month I traveled from home in Portugal to Indiana via Madrid and Philadelphia, then on to New Mexico, California, Arizona and Florida. I’ve been home a week and I’m on the way to Ireland tomorrow (at dawn, just as the song says).
If you’d like to follow along on my first visit to the Emerald Isle–my ancestral home–stop by http://www.triciapimental.com and sign up to receive my updates. My plan is to write brief posts each day in the coming weeks, along with a picture or two each time.
I hope you join me. In the meantime, “Dea-shláinte a thabhairt duit!” (“Good health to you!)