Winging it like a bird
August 2018 by V. R. Duin

WINGING IT ISN'T JUST FOR BIRDS

Now, they'd fly to a distant place,
Where Dolly's roots just might be traced.
The trio heard the engines roar.
Into the sky, their plane would soar.

Here's how to start “winging it” to “wing our way” and “earn our wings”.

When we are unprepared, we do our best in many situations by “winging it”. If not, someone may be “waiting in the wings” to seize our opportunity. On the other hand, we might find greater advantage when we “wing our way”“ under someone's wings”. In “The Amazing Flight of Little Ray”, a bird aided a young stingray's flight, taking him to greater height than he could have soared on his own. Birds also force their own babies to leave the nest and learn the independence of flight.


After his Mama Ray saw her Little Ray arrive “on a wing and a prayer,” her concerns may have “clipped his wings”. Unlike most birds, rays do not have a natural instinct to glide through the air in long flights. Ostriches and penguins use their wings to enhance running or swimming speed. These birds preen their feathers, including those on their wings. Little Ray doesn't have feathers, but he seems to have “wing-envy”. Why else would a stingray start “winging it” to fly like a bird? Then again, shouldn't we all be able to to “wing our way” and “earn our wings”? After all, the skeletal form of human arm is very similar to that of a bird. Both limbs have three joints.


Unfortunately for Little Ray, stingrays have fins that look like wings. Parrots and other birds have real wings. These wings have different shapes in different species for different flight modes. They are designed differently for speed, rapid takeoff or soaring capability. Mama Rays prefer their babies spend time hunting for food and hiding from predators, not “winging it”, like birds. To not discourage achievement, Mama Ray “gave wing” to Little Ray's efforts to fly like a bird. She “gave him wing” to fly like a bird, not to “wing it”. Birds also encourage their babies to take greater distance with each faltering leap into flight. How else can birds learn to fly?


Mama Parrots encourage their babies to “test their wings” and fly. Every parrot would like to take to the air and ride thermal updrafts like an albatross. Who wouldn't find great pride in “winging it” under their own power, rather than hang-gliding like Little Ray. That said, it can be fun to “wing our way”“ in flying machines. Sometimes, entrepreneurs — including entrepreneurial parrots and stingrays — need permission or example to go “winging it” into new things and exceeding old boundaries. People lack the navigation skills of birds that navigate long distances without compasses or other such devices.


“When pigs have wings”, we all should be able to fly like birds. Wouldn't it be fun to “wing our way” across the ocean, together? We could “earn our wings” for trans-oceanic flight. After all, who doesn't want to succeed at “winging it” like birds? Don't we all want to do the impossible, and make “winging it” to “wing our way” and “earn our wings”look easy? Let's put our heads together so people and stingrays can fly like birds, and parrots can take to the skies like an albatross. An albatross Can Fly Around the World Without Landing.

Wing Our Way

  • winging it Dolly says:

    “Winging it” dates back to the ancient Greek story of Icarus and Daedalus who urgently made wings to fly.

  • Wing Our Way Dolly says:

    Should we tire of flapping and spinning flight efforts, Martin Jet Pack has a helicopter backpack with which we can “wing our way” like a hummingbird.

    • earn our wingsDolly says:

      If an albatross can fly around the world without landing, glide hundreds of miles without flapping its wings, and travel at speeds of over 50 mph, we can “earn our wings.”