“Pilots” (written by a fourth grader)

Someone recently gave this to me, and although it’s a little outdated, it’s still pretty cute. I’m sure my pilot friends will appreciate it, and my writer friends will recognize some of the public misperceptions about our vocation (just substitute the word “pilot” for “writer”!):

“I want to be a pilot when I grow up because it’s a fun job and easy to do. That’s why there are so many pilots today. Pilots don’t need much school, they just have to read numbers so they can read instruments. I guess they should be able to read maps so they can find their way if they are lost. Pilots should be brave so they won’t be scared if it’s foggy and they can’t see or if a wing or a motor falls off they should stay calm so they’ll know what to do.

Pilots have to have good eyes so they can see through clouds and they can’t be afraid of lightning or thunder because they are closer to them than we are. The salary pilots make is another thing I like. They make more money than I can spend. This is because most poeple think flying is dangerous.

There isn’t much I don’t like except girls like pilots and all the stewardesses want to marry them so they always have to chase them away so they won’t bother them. I hope I don’t get airsick because if I get airsick I couldn’t be a pilot and I would have to go to work.”

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