One of my favorite things about my job is the excitement I can bring into a village when the plane lands. People come out of the woodwork. Especially kids. And when you live remotely, the airplane is better than television.., which they have never seen. There are often hundreds of kids around. Whole schools will empty, surrounding the runway, for the occasion. And if they have taken that time out of their day, I like to make it special. I like going out of my way to introduce the kids to the plane and show them how it works. I like playing games with them. They are often chased off and I will often pretend to chase them and grab them and they see the game and run screaming and laughing. It is great. When I walk the strip they will come along and start throwing sticks and stones off with me and even get the idea that these things are a hazard so not to leave them or when they do see them then help me out by clearing things away. I will give instruction on how the prop is like a big panga and it will cut them up easily even though they can’t see it when it is turning, giving them little glimpses of science and physics, sitting the lucky child of the day in the pilots seats, showing him how it all works. Kids are the future, and although it is a small thing, it is great to be able to bring some joy into their lives.
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