My sister is on a plane at this very moment, flying back from Canada, and just before her plane took off, I sent her a text to this effect:
“Don’t forget to lift thine pieds.”
(which is our mixed concoction of Modern English, Middle English, and French–we do this all the time for no other reason, than it’s funny.)
And it made me laugh, because I know that, should the FBI come across that text, they may arrest me for suspicion of conspiracy against the airline–or something of that nature. In other words, to anyone outside my immediate family, I’m talking utter nonsense. And yes, this blog is definitely all about nonsense, but I won’t leave you in the dark on this one–well, not completely, anyway (you may still wonder about my sanity, and that’s okay).
“Don’t forget to lift your feet,” is not referring to the take-off, or the flight itself. It’s in reference to the landing. In other words, “Don’t forget to lift your feet when you land.”
I’m sure you all have millions of questions, so let me explain:
I’m not sure how old I was at the time, but on one of our many family vacations–probably to visit my dad’s parents in Texas–we were sitting over the wings (the place my dad always insists on sitting because he says it’s the safest place to be, should the plane crash–nice flying mantra, right?), and we heard the wheels come down right before we landed. They made that ERRRRRRRRRCH noise as they popped out from their secret trap door beneath the plane.
Anyway, my dad said, “Yep, and there go the wheels.”–meaning, the pilots remembered to put the wheels down–not that the wheels had fallen off (thank goodness, though that thought probably went through my mind at the time).
And then, it occurred to me to ask, “what would actually happen if the pilot forgot to put the wheels down?”
And the answer I received was, “Well, the bottom of the plane would probably burn off in the landing.”
I looked down at my feet, and thought, well if that happens, I don’t want it to burn my feet off!
So, from that flight forward, My sister and I began the tradition of lifting our feet as the plane lands–you know… just in case. And every time we fly somewhere, we remind each other to do so.
Now I would like to urge all of you–for the sake of keeping your feet intact–to please remember to “lift thine pieds” every time you fly. And, if you’re sitting next to me on a flight, you won’t have to wonder, “What on Earth is that girl doing with her feet in the air?”