Walking on aeroplane wings and other preposterous ideas
So I’m in an aeroplane. We are thousands of feet above mother earth. I look out the window and read this little gem printed on the wing…
‘Do not walk outside this area’
Oh really? Why ever not? I’m so glad they put that out there, because you know – I was just about to head out to stretch my legs…
After I recovered from a severe laughing fit, I got to thinking. That’s pretty much what we writers do all the time. It’s craziness to get out of an aeroplane and walk on the wing. Its also craziness to spend hours, days, months, years! at the keyboard, producing hundreds of pages that we hope – yes, HOPE! not know, hope – will snag the right persons attention. And yet we do. Because it’s what we’re built for. We do it because we hope our words will make a difference inside someone along the way.
It’s a good thing to hope for!
So I say to you (and me) today:
Walk outside this area!
Disclaimer: I’m sure some of you, my tech boff buddies, will feel the urge to enlighten me as to why they print that daft sentiment in that particularly daft place. I’m begging you to leave me wallowing in my ignorance this time. You’ve got to agree, it’s just so much funnier this way.
Dianne J. Wilson writes novels from her hometown in East London, South Africa, where she lives with her husband and three daughters.