And then, as abruptly as it began, it is time to leave the rainforest.
Packing, I come across my blackberry, which has been off for the week. Ever since I read in the book "How Not to Act Old" that only old people wear watches, I stopped wearing a watch. For a week, I have been trying to not act old while wandering around confused about what time it is. Seeing it now sends a wave of anxiety through me.
Across the canal is the airstrip, only recently paved. Shannon, a former flight attendant, pretends to be a pilot beckoning us to board. We laugh, we make light of the fact that the Trip of a Lifetime is drawing to a close. I sit next to Yolanda, saying "If this plane goes down I want Yolanda's to be the last face I see."
I am joking, but my heart hurts. We adopted G, our first child, right after the September 11 attacks. I don't like flying anywhere without my kids.
The tiny plane is hot and stuffy, like we're taking the jungle with us. I take Yolanda's hand and say a silent prayer. Then, my usual routine, which involves closing my eyes and trying to forget what's really happening. Yolanda squeezes my hand and says "Put feet up!"
I open my eyes. "What?" It is noisy. We're jetting down the runway. Yolanda motions toward her feet and raises them off the floor of the plane. "Lift your feet!"
"Why?" I ask, confused.
"Feels like flying!" She smiles.
This entire trip has been about facing fears. Why stop now? We hold hands, lift our feet, and fly toward home.
|Tortuguero from above. Sea, canals, jungle, no roads to be seen.|
Wishing everyone traveling today a safe journey!
But wait! There's more...stay tuned for the closing credits. http://upside-down-patty.blogspot.com/2010/11/cast-of-characters.html
P.S. Confused about what Patty is doing in Costa Rica without her family? The Trip of a Lifetime starts here: http://upside-down-patty.blogspot.com/2010/11/ticket-to-ride.html
P.P.S. Who are these people?? Shannon? Yolanda? Check out the CAST OF CHARACTERS here: http://upside-down-patty.blogspot.com/2010/11/cast-of-characters.html