Date: April 28, 2014
Facilitated and recorded by Lillian Ribeiro
Story by residents at CareOne Harmony Village in
An Experienced Pilot
Mary Sue is going to fly in a plane. There are children there. The children are watching her. Mary Sue is in NJ and she’s going to fly home to Moorestown, NJ. It will only take a couple minutes or a little longer than that. It might take her a half-hour. Mary Sue looks experienced. You can tell by the way she’s holding the wheel. She looks confident. She took lessons.
Mary Sue has a family. She has a mother, a father and a sister. Mary Sue is in her 30’s. Her family is scared of her flying a plane but they are used to it. John, her father, is a pilot and he taught her how to fly the plane. He encourages her to go. He says, “You can do well because you practiced a lot. I’m very proud of you.” Just think about what I said.” Mama has qualms about her flying the plane. She’s unsure. She’s uneasy. Mama says, “Be careful and be good.” Her sister thinks it’s great that she flies a plane. She’s proud of her and she wants Mary Sue to teach her how to fly. Her sister, Nancy, tells her friends that her sister is very confident flying a plane. She tells her friend she is a good pilot and very conscientious.
Mary Sue takes off and shows how experienced she is. There are sounds of motors, flying astronauts, and vroom sounds. There are gasoline smells. Mary Sue is on a control field at an airport. There are lots of planes there. Mary Sue is flying by herself but her family is watching her. The sister cheers, “Good luck to you.” The father says, “You’re crazy but good luck.” He says, “I need time to get used to the idea.” Mama says, “Best of luck to you my dear. I’ll take good care of the children.”