on flying.

(or: "the twin gift and curse of youthful imagination and the ways we survive.") (if we do.) (we do.)

If you are not already, someday you will be older. Someday you’ll feel old. Or you'll find yourself sitting next to your child, the one you birthed from a teenage womb, on an airplane at take off and you'll notice his right leg shaking rhythmically and you'll wonder if he is scared and you'll wonder how you've flown so many times with him and still don't know if take off makes him scared and he won't kick the seat or ask a million questions or…