“Angel Food Cake”
March 2005 Mile-High Maiden
A burning question in aviation circles these days is whether an F-15 can really fly on just one wing, as an Israeli example purports to have done.
But an even more persistent question regards angels. Never mind if they can fly on one wing, do angels have wings at all? This presupposes, of course, that you accept that angels exist. (Yeah, we know. The Blue Angels do. But seriously.)
Perhaps inevitably, in our Red and Blue country, some say yes; others are not so sure.
[The subject of angels, including the question of their existence, anatomy and nature, is addressed in my own novel Second Eden, but you’ll have to finish the book to know if the man claiming to be Apollyon, an angel from the book of Revelation in the Bible who is introduced in the prologue, was for real or just a pitiable blithering schizophrenic homeless person with delusions of grandeur.]
If you’re a fan of Frank Capra’s 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, as we are, you trust that disembodied Clarence Oddbody (very odd name that), played by actor Henry Travers, did win his wings and even now enjoys the freedom of unencumbered travel through the airy realm without so much as a frequent flyer voucher, thus proving that angels can, indeed, possess wings.
Well maybe.... But maybe not. After all, in the movie, we never really see Clarence with wings, so we can’t be 100% dead sure (maybe dead is a poor word choice) now can we?
Anyway, we wracked our brains to think how we could answer the question once and for all. Finally, a light went off (on?). I think it was Contributing Editor Joe Klunkerman who first broached the idea, but in the chaotic give-and-take of brainstorming, who can be sure?
So we’ll stipulate that Joe first came up with the idea of using angel food cake to try and attract an angel. You know, sort of like using a salt-lick to attract deer.
Sound silly? Well, don’t laugh until you see the picture Joe got. We’ve decided to make her our Mile-High Maiden for March. Now you decide if angels have wings.--CWA
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