Two Teens And Their Mama: Be Brave And Let Your Kids Fly

Monday, February 9, 2015

Be Brave And Let Your Kids Fly


Literally.

One of C's best friends recently got his pilot's license.  He's studying to one day captain large jets, but for now, this is what he flies.


He invited my son to go up with him on Sunday.  In this little plane.

I'm a mother with serious anxiety issues. But C and his friend are almost 20, and honestly, what good reason could I give for saying no?  Well, except for the crashing part.  My son didn't think that was a valid concern, so off they went.

While they were gone I busied myself with laundry, grocery shopping and reading.  I tried not to picture them up there. Until C texted me to say "go out in front of the house, you will see us to the east." And sure enough, there they were, a tiny little dot. 

He took lots of pictures.




Being the good boy he is, C texted me again to say they had landed safely. And I could finally breathe.  They came home and we all had spaghetti for dinner, just like any other Sunday night.

I'm working hard on letting the boys go.  I know the time is coming when they will spread their wings and fly.

But I didn't think it would be so literal.

20 comments:

  1. Oh Lana... you handled that well... you are right though, what could you have said... I know I did some scary things when I was younger... my parents just held their breath.

    I'm glad he was safe :-)

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    1. Thanks Launna. I was so relieved when I got the text that they were safely on the ground!

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  2. You are amazing! I wouldn't have been able to focus on anything else or go on with my day! It's so hard to let your kids do things for the first time! What a wonderful experience for him! I'm glad he came home safely!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. I think I reread the pages in my book over and over!

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  3. I would have lost my marbles! Good for you for conquering your anxiety and showing it who's the boss.

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  4. I can't even comprehend how brave that would require me to be!
    Sometimes being the best parent really is about backing off a little, isn't it?!

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    1. You are so right, sometimes you just have to let them do things. But it's not easy.

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  5. I would have been afraid too! Those are the times it's really hard to let go. I'm sure they had a great time up there though!

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  6. Scary!
    One funny story is that I met my sister's now husband on her birthday two years ago. My mom and I were with them and all she knew, was that he was surprising her with a birthday gift.
    I was alone in the house with him and I asked him what the surprise was. Skydiving!
    I was then leaving their house with my mom and I made the mistake of telling her the surprise. She said, "Oh no!" I feel so badly because she had to think about it all day. Ignorance can be bliss.
    Luckily it all went fine.

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    1. I sort of rambled there. The surprise was for my sister, and my mom knew what it was and had to think about it all day. My sister didn't know until it was time!

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    2. Skydiving is a whole other level of scariness. I'm praying neither of my boys wants to do that, although I'd like to try it.

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  7. Wow. I don't know what to say. Scary but good for you to permit your son to spread his wings! Pardon the pun. My daughters lived at home while they were in college and I had to learn to let go. If they had been away at school, I wouldn't have necessarily known all that was going on. And as they grow into adults that is a huge part of maturing. So proud of you, Mama!

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    1. Thanks Leslie! My friend told me the same thing - when her kids are away at school she doesn't worry about them, but when they're home and she knows what they're up to it's harder!

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  8. Your son is so lucky he got to go FLYING which is something I would give just about anything to do but also for having the world's coolest mom!

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    1. Thanks Rena! He is a lucky kid - and I'm sure he's going to want to go again!

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  9. He is a great son. But he has a great mamma, also. It is so normal to worry about flying.

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    1. Flying is scary, right? Especially in a small plane! Thanks Ada.

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  10. Looks like they had a gorgeous day to fly. I read this when you published it - but couldn't think of anything to say, except that I would have worried as well!

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