Sunday, March 29, 2009

Fear of flying

This whole "being two" thing just keeps surprising me.

Little Elvis is usually fearless -- to the point of driving me to at least have high blood pressure, if not a heart attack by the end of this summer.

Other than certain healthy foods and mythical creatures that bring gifts, he's scared of nothing. But that changed on the first leg of our flight back home Saturday.

We have to take a puddle-jumper to get to the bigger airport. Usually, he likes this flight. It's about 25 minutes and he likes to look out of the window at the clouds.

It was very windy, yesterday. Very windy. The flight attendant warned us (all 7 of us) about the upcoming turbulence. That warning did little to prepare any of us.

As soon as our little plane nosed up into the sky, Little Elvis began screaming, "No plane!! No plane!!" I tried to tell him we were going up into the clouds. "No clouds!! No clouds!!!!" He continued to yell these lines throughout the flight.

I unbuckled him and he clung to my neck like a little monkey. I could feel his heart thudding and the tenseness in his muscles. He would hide his head in my neck, and then peek out when the turbulence died a bit, only to cry out and hide again.

All of my platitudes were useless to him, especially when the turbulence truly began. Some of the dips were worse than being on a roller coaster.

Thank goodness for seatbelts, because we came off of the seat several times. One of the passengers said her stomach was up in her throat during one of the bigger dips. Another told me that his heart was beating so hard, that he bet I couldn't even hear Little Elvis' cries.

Since my budding musician seems to hate it when I sing, I've long since stopped singing him lullabyes. Right around the time we began our descent, I started singing Little Elvis' old favorites.

Thankfully, he calmed down. He whimpered whenever I took a breath or stopped to think up another song, but was able to turn around and sit in my lap facing out.

I'm so glad that we arrived safe and sound, and that it was a short flight (seemed pretty long, at the time.) I'm also glad that he was so exhausted by the time we got on the big plane that he passed out in my lap before take-off. That ride was much more pleasant in so many ways.

Tunes that calmed my frightened baby: (pretty much all are adapted to include his name)

"Little Elvis lies over the ocean" (from My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)
"We love you Elvis" (heavily adapted from We love you Conrad from Bye-bye Birdie)
"You are my sunshine"
"One" from A Chorus Line
"Time in a Bottle" by Jim Croce (adapted because I can never remember all of the words)
"Close to You" by The Carpenters (only slightly adapted)
"Mercedes Benz" by Janis Joplin (no adaptation here. It's a cappella and I like it. I'm sure this will come back to bite me when he demands a Benz because all of his friends drive Porsches and he must make amends.)
"The way you do the things you do" (heavily adapted because we hit one last bought of turbulence and I forgot just about every word except for handle and candle.)

Little Elvis deserves a medal just for sitting through all of that, don't you think? I realize there's no Elvis Presley in there. My mind was such a jumble that I couldn't think of any.


Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Oh, poor buddy!

...and yet...doesn't it make you feel incredibly important & be the one who could calm him, and cuddle him, and hold him....and in the end, everything was alright.
That's amazing Mommy-stuff right there.

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Poor kiddo, what a ride! Thank goodness the songs helped some.

2:10 AM  
Blogger mpotter said...

seems quite scary, and i'm not 2!

very interesting song choices. love 'em. especially One.

i sing a little "roar of the greasepaint" myself. (:

glad you're home safe n sound.

10:20 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Yeek - what a terrible experieince.

This age is also stressing me out - you never know what will send them into hysterics...I am taking a page, from your song book (!) and going to follow your lead!


1:47 PM  

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