Air travel used to be a fun adventure, a happy jaunt from the daily grind even if for work. Meh, I used to think, if something happens my parents will miss me, but no big loss ... more
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Air travel used to be a fun adventure, a happy jaunt from the daily grind even if for work. Meh, I used to think, if something happens my parents will miss me, but no big loss to the world at large. Now, possibly because of the physical act of bundling little beings you love more than yourself onto a large tin pterodactyl 35,000 feet above ground, I start to get the sweats a good week in advance of checking in.
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I've never been a particularly brave person. There was once a time in my life when I simply pretended to be brave. Motherhood has jettisoned all that cheeky bravado out the window. Research shows that women are more likely than men to worry, having made connections between negative events of the past and future possible ones. For our primeval forebears, this was crucial for raising offspring -- one always needed to be ready to run from a trampling elephant on the savannah. Yes, I am always ready to perform the 'pounce of a lioness' should real danger threaten my children. But to avoid that necessity, I prefer to hover in the proverbial cave and count the many, many previously innocuous things I now view as a petrifying menace. I'm not proud of the following list, but click through to read the 10 things that terrify me now that I'm a mother: - By Elizabeth Beller