“I believe that I have journeyed and wandered over the most part of the planet. In large and very modern air planes, and in the most rudimentary, antique and quite worn out ones, as well. Yes, I have flown in tiny, small aircraft that took off from concrete runways, and I have landed in patches of dirt roads that could barely qualify as streets fit for ox-drawn carts.” (The treasure, in the book, Searching for treasures)
Curiously, one of the lower branches of the pine tree was among Magnifico’s favourite spots. During those Saturdays after lunch, Magnifico loved to first climb all the way up until he reached the highest branches of the pine tree, his old, beloved companion. He talked to the tree, relating his concerns and the week’s adventures, as he ascended among its strong branches. There, he would stay for a long time enjoying the wind and the view extending below him.
Magnifico never forgot that particular day. He was sitting in the highest reaches of the tree. As it happened that morning, he suddenly heard the noise of motors approaching. He listened astonished, as he sat all the way above, searching attentively for the origin of the sounds. It’s easy to imagine his immense surprise, when out of nowhere he abruptly saw three air planes coming right at him. They were flying in formation, one of the planes in front and spearheading the others, while the other two flew at each side, forming a flying triangle between the three of them. Very soon, they had already passed by and were lost in the distance.
Flying kites Villa de Leyva, Boyacá, Colombia
That morning, Magnífico climbed down the tree with a speed never seen before. Once in the clearing and back with his parents, he excitedly began to explain how he managed to wave first to the leader pilot, and then to his wing also, as they passed so close to the tree that he could see them smiling back. His parents listened amazed, both by the happenings with the airplanes, as well as, by how rapidly he had scrambled down the tree.