Your cousin sounds like quite the impressive woman. You know come to think of it, I don't ever recall a female jumpmaster running around throughout all the hanging around drop zones I did. Interesting. And then a commercial pilot to boot, wow!
I can't tell you how happy I am that your mom got the chance to take that big one step beyond before moving on to other things. ALS is not a pretty way to exit this realm, but on that special day she flew
One of the things I always made a point of doing, was stationing myself right in front of where 1st time tandem jumps were about to land. I wanted to be a part of what I saw as potentially a very special event in someone's life, especially if they were elderly or wheelchair bound. Be there to shake their hand, congratulate them, that sort of thing. Were you there? Did your mom have that 1st jump shit eatin grin plastered all over her face?
"Oppositional Defiance Order" (ODO), I love it great term! Perhaps some here suffer from that same "disorder". It cracks me up when the jumper quips to his buddy "I'm gonna do it anyway" as the cop approaches. What the hell; if you're already going to jail for something stupid, go there on your own terms
As an aside, I hope that cop had a sense of humor. Looked to me like he does.
The unexamined life is not worth living.