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Flying with Abuelo
by T.J. Talamantez

Whenever Rafael visits his grandparents, he first gives Abuela a hug, then he runs to see Abuelo in the garage. Abuelo makes model airplanes, and Rafael wishes he could fly in one. Together, Abuelo and Rafael build a biplane they can fly together. Over the years, Abuelo and Rafael enjoy flying the biplane together. Abuelo teaches Rafael to fly the biplane, and then how to perform tricks and stunts. Eventually, Abuelo becomes too old to fly for very long or do the stunts they used to do together, so with pride he watches Rafael from the ground. This is a story of legacy and love. It is a story of the connection between a grandfather and his grandson. Abuelo’s words of encouragement to Rafael—“Do better than I did. You are my legacy”—propel Rafael to build a starship with his own grandchildren then fly beyond the bounds of Earth into space surpassing the wildest dreams of his Abuelo.

T.J. Talamantez is a husband and father who loves his family and wants the best for them. His own father built and flew model airplanes and was the inspiration for this story. He enjoys his time with his family reading books, being in nature, and creating memories with them one day at a time. T.J. Talamantez lives in Schertz, Texas, with his wife and two children.


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