Back when I could Fly *

Aug 16, 2005

You know, I have a fear of flying. I hate taking air planes. Ironically, the year I moved back to TX, I came up to the Northwest five times. Y’all.. five times. Now, I had motivation since Mr. Flinger was up here and my three best friends all lived in Washington still. But somewhere along the way, I got scared.

Now, the most adventerous thing I do is leave the house, alone, with baby before nine AM. I feel badass if I do that. Like today, for example. Jelly Belly and I went swimming with the girls at 9AM. That means I actually left the house BEFORE nine. Be impressed. I have such a sense of accomplishment taking LB swimming. I feel so good that we got out of the house, came home, and are bored and ready to leave again by 2:00.

I don’t know about your rebel years. Most people rebel for a bit when they’re teenagers. Not me. I was a goody two shoes. I had a steady boyfriend, Mr. Flinger, a good set of friends who neither smoked nor drank, and the only thing I wanted to do was make out in parking lots with Mr. Flinger and stay out late talking. I didn’t even let Mr. Flinger “go all the way” with me because I was determined to wait until I was married.

I kept up my goody goody through college. I had several boyfriends, tons of friends, and a nice, quiet life in houses I rented with my best friends. I was never in the party dorms. I never broke all the rules. I never was a bar girl, a drinker, a go-out-all-night girl.

It wasn’t until I turned 24, that I finally had my rebelion. Only thing is.. it lasted two months.


  1. I hate flying too.  I used to love it, but now that I have kids?  Not so much anymore.  Just terrifies me.  Everything kind of terrifies me if I think about it too much.

    By RB on 2005 08 16

  2. I totally love that video of you Les!  Way to be a rebel and hang with all the potheads while you got wasted on wine.  I can only imagine what your very judgy friends thought of you then.  And I do assume that you were not refering to mu-ah as a friend who you so easily dumped… right?  You better not be because I kick ass!  (Okay…no I don’t.  Just thought I’d get into rebel mode there for a second.) 

    And the whole skydiving bit is so appropriate because I just posted my things I want to do before I die post this morning…and skydiving was the last thing on my list.  You are so my inspiration.  You rock!

    By Paige (CoraBelle) on 2005 08 16

  3. HA! Here’s a hint.. if you read this, you are not said friends. tongue laugh

    And Paige, when you jump, let me know. I’ll SOOOO go watch!

    By Mrs. Flinger on 2005 08 16

  4. OK. I am so not cool like you are! that was awesome and so cool you did that. Me before kids? never afraid of flying. flew lots of times.  me pregnant? had a near death experience on my way home from Ohio..ok so maybe not near death, but it felt like it and I went into labor a week later. Me after kids? Still afraid of flying, and havent done it since said time when pregnant. :( I am with Rbelle…the more I sit and think, lots of things terrify me now.

    By Bree on 2005 08 16

  5. LOL  I’m with paige- I was going to ask if I was one of the friends you dumped!  I was trying to figure out how old we were and when exactly you were 24!  (and how that fit in with when I knew you.)  I’m reading this, so I guess I’m okay…*phew*

    By Holly on 2005 08 17

  6. I almost peed my pants just WATCHING that. No way in hell would I ever do it. But go YOU! wink

    On the other hand, I love flying in airplanes now! (after formerly having total meltdown panic attacks) so THAT"s something.

    Also, rebellion? When was I supposed to do that. Damn. I didn’t get the memo. I better get to rebelling now! I know! I’ll have another KID! wink

    By Erin on 2005 08 17

  7. I would love to go skydiving - but I am way to chicken, I would pee my pants! But airplanes in general are ok, those I can deal with! I am always with the whole family so at least I would go with those I love the most!

    Rebellion stage? I was 15 - 16 (before I got preggo with B). I was trouble with a capital T. Not nearly as bad as kids these days are but I had my share of trouble making. We would go cliff jumping at the river and now there is no way I would even get close to the edge. I am such a baby now!

    By Nicole on 2005 08 17

  8. YOU GO GIRL! I cant view the movie:0( I don’t have window’s.

    By kelli on 2005 08 17

  9. awesome leslie!

    i still have that on my to do list.  wink

    By maiji on 2005 08 17

  10. Very cool, Leslie!  Wow. Just watched your video—must have been exhilirating!!

    I know what you mean about getting out of the house early too… ha ha!!!  It’s all relative…

    By Marie on 2005 08 18

  11. Hi, I have been reading you for a while. found you through TOBH. I tried to register to watch you and little CB grow but its not working. Put me down for wanting in if you will. If not, tis ok. Enjoy growing your little Man! Awesome Video btw.

    By Deborah Gonzales on 2007 02 28