Flying is magical. Every now and then, I find myself transfixed and held spellbound by the power of flight. The fact that anything can soar through the air with wings is pretty astonishing if you think about it; birds, planes, spaceships, and paper (if you fold some wings on it).
My nephew is fascinated by the power of flight, too. Especially the flight of airplanes. He talks about them constantly. He refers to them as “hairplanes”…”hairplanes” that land at the “whore-port”. Being the person of intellectual ability that I am, I have deduced that he does not refer to them as “hairplanes” and “whore-ports” because he believes big chunks of hair travel through the air and land in stations that may, or may not, provide adult services. Rather, he is somewhat hindered – linguistically – by the fact that he is 3.
Once I got that all figured out, I thought he might enjoy some paper airplanes. He did! My niece and nephew and I had a great time having paper airplane races while I watched them for a bit this summer.
We made paper airplanes together again when I saw them a few weeks ago for Halloween. We decorated them and raced them just like we had a few months earlier. All was well and good until my nephew handed me a piece of paper and said, “I want a train…please”. Embarrassed to tell him that my origami skills were limited, I folded a rudimentary paper airplane and told him it was a train dressed as a hairplane for Halloween. This did not satisfy him. He walked away and came back with another piece of paper and said “I want a car…please”. I was at a loss. He was obviously in a hurry to have that piece of paper morphed into some sort of fast moving transportive vessel, so I folded yet another paper airplane and told him it was a car dressed as a hairplane…for Halloween…everybody wants to be a hairplane for Halloween this year… He did not buy that, either. He left and went to play in the sandbox.
Next week my nephew will officially turn 3. After giving the hairplane experience some more thought, I have decided that for his 3rd birthday, I will make him that paper car and paper train. I found some origami instructions on-line and I’m ready to fold away! I just hope he doesn’t ask for a hairplane instead.