The things we do for love

Sometimes when you’re married (or dating/engaged), we do certain things that we normally wouldn’t do, because we love that person.  So, when Dave found a discounted flying lesson on Groupon, I said, “Yay honey!  Good for you! I know you’ve always wanted to do that!” But when he said, “I want you to come with me! I get to take a passenger!”, my next reaction was more like, “Oh… ok.”

Getting into a teeny, tiny plane is not something I’d normally do.  I have no interest in flying lessons, and when I’m on a passenger jet and turbulence hits, I freak out.  So, getting into this tiny death machine plane was not my idea of a good time.  But for my husband, who was so excited he looked like a kid waiting in line to see Santa Claus, I put my big girl pants on, made sure I was up to date on my life insurance, and went.

Dave’s caption on Facebook is “Me, my Wife, my airplane.”

We, I mean Dave, had a fairly quick overview of the plane, and all the controls before we actually went outside to the plane. Once inside, the instructor ran through the pre-take off checklist with Dave, and I sat there playing with my headset (which wasn’t going to be plugged in, sad) and taking pictures. These two adequately describe how we were each feeling about the upcoming flight:

My creation

Dave = elated. I = terrified beyond belief

It is LOUD in that tiny tin can airplane. While it would have been cool to listen to what Dave and the pilot were saying to each other, I was just glad to have my ears covered.  After waiting on the tarmac for probably 10+ minutes, we were off!!  (I took video of Dave’s take off, but I don’t have the file with me. If you’re friends with him on FB, you can find it there.)  While the windows of the plane are tiny, I did manage to take some pretty breathtaking pictures of the Long Island shore.

by Ocean Parkway

I had to stop after a few pictures, because holy crap does it get bumpy back there. Especially as you start to make the descent back towards the ground, I think it was 5,000 feet and under, the winds go nuts. (There’s some more specific, science-y term for this, but I’ve never been technical on this blog, so why start now?) And while this was all going on I started to feel nauseous. Not. Fun.  I’m pretty sure there was one point when I was looking at the scenery and didn’t feel the huge bump of turbulence coming, and I shrieked like a little girl.  Good thing no one could hear with their headsets on!

When we were out of the plane and safely on the ground, he asked me all excited, “So, how was it?”  My response?  “I don’t want to talk about it right now.”  😉 Really though, it wasn’t bad.  But I wouldn’t do it again.  Which Dave was made to understand post flight.  (He was just happy I came for his “inaugural” flight.)

Have you done something that you wouldn’t normally do, just for a loved one?


  1. Oh that is awesome!!! I’ve always wanted to that!

    I haven’t done something FOR a loved one, but Jen and I did do something pretty cool with each others encouragement and that was bareback bronc and bull riding in the rodeo! ^_^

    Good for you going with Dave! Such awesome support and hey, what a cool experience, eh?!

  2. How TERRIFYING. But I secretly think this would be a great gift for my husband. You got some really great pictures out of the deal!

  3. The look on your face is priceless. Priceless!

  4. AWESOME! My husband bought me one of those from Groupon too recently to fly around here in Columbia, SC as an early birthday present! Was Dave actually in control of the plane, or just in the pilot’s seat while the other guy really controlled the action? Ahh, this makes me excited to go!

  5. No way in hell. I freak out flying commercial. There is no way I would go up in that tiny lil’ thing! Just looking at this gives me the heebie jeebies!

    Best wife of the year= you.

  6. Oh my gosh I love your response to Dave and the pictures of you both in the plane. You are so funny. Miss your face.

  7. How adventurous! I would not want to do that either; I dislike flying so much. (Thankfully the flights to Seattle and back were super uneventful!)

    Things I do for love? Dealing with Knight’s ex-wife crazy on a regular basis. That’s good enough, right? 😉

  8. You are such a good wife – I’m not sure I could have handled being a little bitty plane that size. And that picture of you? Hilarious!


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