Friday, March 1, 2013

Thursday's Children 2/28/13

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I didn't post last week. My 15-year-old daughter, Lindsey, and I were in Florida visiting family. Which brings me to the inspiration for this week's post.
There have been two times in my life when I was truly afraid for my life. The second time happened last Thursday.

Lindsey and I were on a flight from Fort Myers, Florida, to Philadelphia, where we had a connecting flight to upstate New York. Before I go on, I should mention that I've been traveling since the age of 12. At 19, I worked for American Airlines. And, I was a travel agent for almost 10 years. That being said, I don't worry at the slightest bit of turbulence or bumpy landing. But what happened on this flight was completely terrifying.

We were minutes from landing -- the plane descending -- when it began to roll. First left. Then right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Left. Right. Still descending. Pressures building. Then suddenly, the plane shot up. What seemed like, STRAIGHT UP!

Lindsey and I were holding hands. No. Squeezing hands. I was seated on the aisle. I remember looking up and down the aisle and at everyone's face within view, thinking, what's happening?! Why hasn't anyone said anything? Why hasn't the pilot said ANYTHING?! We were still rising. But the airport is right there?!

Lindsey started crying and throwing up. She wasn't the only one throwing up. We could hear lots of those little bags crinkling open.

The whole thing lasted almost 30 minutes. That's a lot of time to fill with your own thoughts. Possible scenarios running through your head. The infamous "life flashing before your eyes." 

One thing I remember thinking was ...
My book. The novel that I have been working on for four years, will never see publication. The one thing, beside my children, that I am most proud of ... and no one will ever see it.

So ... I am grateful for the happy ending this story.

Lindsey bottle feeding a kangaroo

I am grateful
that we
got to spend
great week,
in beautiful Florida,
with family.

Me feeding a giraffe


I am more determined than ever to get REACH published. I would love a happy ending to that story.

PS - In the end, the pilot gave us a brief explanation, blowing it off as "a plane on the runway." I don't believe that was what happened, neither did a pilot friend.


  1. Thank goodness you're okay. Sounds like your flight put things in terrifying perspective. I hope it's blue skies from here on out, both literally and figuratively!

  2. Wow, how terrifying! I'm so glad everything ended okay. And YES, get that book published!!

  3. Yikes... what a crazy experience. And it's especially mysterious because no one explained anything to you.... fodder for an X-File, maybe?

    I've felt what you felt, mainly when there's a fire alarm in my apartment. My first thought isn't to save any of my stuff, or even my laptop, it's "Did I back up the latest version of my MS? Oh no! I didn't back it up!!!" Even if everything burned down, I'd be happy if I saved that MS.

    Glad you survived, now get that bad boy published!

    1. "There's a colonial woman on the wing. There's something they're not telling us!" Haha! Couldn't resist quoting from the movie Bridesmaids. I guess it'll remain a mystery.

      I'll keep working on getting my bad boy published, and you make sure you back up your MS! lol

  4. OMG! I'm so glad you and your daughter are okay. What a terrifying experience! :( But it really is a massive push of motivation. You can do this!!!

  5. I bet you really enjoyed every precious moment of your holiday after that. I'm glad you were okay, and I'm sure some of that experience will sneak into your writing some time in the future - sounded terrifying.

  6. What a horrible experience! I would have been scared to take another plane after my holidays... I'm glad to hear you're ok, and just like Raewyn, I think this is story material!

  7. Holy cow that's scary! I'm a nervous flyer so I'm sure I would have been grabbing the bag too. So glad it turned out just fine and you enjoyed your vacation.