Delphine always wanted to pilot her father’s plane and when he forgot his keys on her tenth birthday, she knew that taking off would be easy.
She thought landing, would be too.
She snagged his keys off the dresser,
laced up her walking shoes.
It was quite a trek to the airport, the one where Daddy flew. Two hours were spent walking there, and her anticipation grew.
She was excited, hot, and sweaty when she settled in the seat
She shut the door, and belted in
Then looked down at her feet.
Reluctantly, she climbed back out
She locked the plane back down
Sighed and shrugged her shoulders,
Started walking back to town.
She hadn’t thought it through, she admitted to herself –
she couldn’t reach the pedals, she kicked herself and then.
Remembered, after all, that she had only just turned ten.
She’d come back when she was taller
And she’d try it once again.