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Toddler Catches the Spirit

Toddler Catches the Spirit
"Oshkosh!" says two-year-old Caleb Byers while watching the Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation DVD with his mother, Cherie, at the EAA Member Village.

April 13 2008 — His wide, blue eyes are riveted to the computer screen at EAA's Member Village, despite the bustling atmosphere all around him. Two-year-old Caleb Byers points to the screen and says, "Oshkosh," as he's done nearly every day since his parents, Steve and Cherie Byers, first played EAA's Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation DVD for him. It wasn't what his mom expected, but she's not complaining; Cherie said the "Spirit" DVD has such a positive message that she doesn't mind playing the 17-minute video for him when he asks to see it.

"My favorite part is when (narrator) Harrison Ford says, 'I can build my own airplane; I can live my dream; I can fly,'" Cherie said, adding that she and Steve repeat those words to Caleb to inspire him to live his dreams. "He's around airplanes all the time; his dad is a pilot, so maybe he'll be a pilot," Cherie said. "It's just a great message."

The Byers live at an airpark in Delray Beach, Florida, and own a CJ-6 Nanchang.

Cherie thinks she knows why her son is so captivated by the DVD. "We have other videos, but they just don't capture his attention," she said. "This is just very well done, the music and the happy, smiling faces. I think he picks up on the camaraderie."

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