DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - There is an old song which goes, "Come, Josephine, in my flying machine, going up she goes! Up she goes!"
Sunday, Josephine was actually 93-year-old Marjorie Hammett of Homewood, Alabama, and her flying machine of choice was a hot-air balloon.
Her ride to the skies was about 13 years later than scheduled - she was supposed to take the ride for her 80th birthday, but the ride was canceled due to poor weather conditions.
With windy conditions forecast for Monday, the pilot in charge "pulled a few strings," so to speak, to have her dream finally come true a day ahead.
Before television, and even before radio, she said, she would entertain herself by looking to the heavens.
"I would look up at the sky, see the birds flying, and I always thought, 'Oh, how wonderful it would be to fly," she said.
Marjorie's flight was the latest in a long list of life goals she says she has accomplished.
"I've been all over the world," Marjorie said. "Australia, New Zealand - just about anywhere you mention, we've been. But I've never been up in an air balloon. That's something I want to do before my time is over."
She has been a lifelong volunteer, most recently for an organization which provides clothing to children in low-income households. Marjorie says seeing children's faces when they go home with brand-new clothes is "a wonderful thing."
Two of Marjorie's grandchildren joined her for the ride of her lifetime.
The hot-air balloon ride was arranged by Brookdale Senior Living and Wish of a Lifetime, with help from Black Magic Balloon owner and pilot Ken Garner.
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