It’s Never Too Late for Paper Airplanes

16 Jan

I had no idea I didn’t know.

For the past ten years I’d somehow managed to get away with not knowing. It’s important as a parent to know these things. You should know these things. I didn’t. I mean I knew other things, like how important it is to have Ritz crackers with you at all times, or how Legos rock the world, or how Neosporin and Star Wars Band/Doc McStuffins band-aids fix almost every injury.

I knew those things. But for some reason this parenting skill was missing, and I was completely unaware of it until the teenage kid from the robotics team at the local high school taught me.

Paper airplanes.

These aerodynamic origami wonders failed to make the list.

I never thought I’d need to learn how to make a paper airplane … but I did  … at age 43 … I did.

You see when my son was a baby I folded something that looked like a plane that glided for a second and then took a nose dive immediately. That seemed to entertain a toddler no problem. As he got older his dad usually did up the paper airplanes and made awesome ones that circled and landed with Wright Brothers dynamics. When my daughter was a baby same thing. As they got older, my son knew how to do that and just constructed planes for his sister and that’s how things were handled.

It wasn’t until I was sitting at the local library in this STEAM workshop that I realized I had never made one, a proper one for my kids. I was having a moment of wonder as this kid leading the workshop was so excited about the physics of building, that he inspired the kids and the rest of the parents to feel the same way.

There we were in a rainy day seminar, competing on the imaginary runways. It lasted longer than the robotics team thought. This simple bit of fun. I sat there smiling at the fact that I had just learned how to fold a paper airplane. I mean I could have easily just looked it up on YouTube. Everything is on there. I could’ve learned a long time ago. I mean I had to have known when I was a kid, all kids do right? But I couldn’t remember. Maybe my uncle and dad made them for me, or a friend from school built one and gave it to me. I don’t know. I was just tripping out on this very simple skill I happened to overlook before and now … I was a paper airplane genius. I looked over at my daughter and smiled.

“… to infinity … and your mom!”


Plane would take off. She’d rush to get it, and start over again.

My son stood there, comparing his original design to the one he had just learned. He tried figuring out which one flew higher and longer. I was glad that this one new lesson brought some enjoyment with it and that it wasn’t some Pinterest or Parent epic fail. I have too many of those.

I was glad I finally learned something I hadn’t known before, and that if my kids every ask me … “hey can you make me a paper airplane?”

I can say … yes and make one for myself too. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced something like that before on a big, or small scale. But it ends up making you smile and enjoy the mini accomplishment you just checked off the list, because you realize it’s never too late for paper airplanes, even at 43, it’s never too late.


Buen Camino, my friends!

6 Responses to “It’s Never Too Late for Paper Airplanes”

  1. Sorryless January 17, 2019 at 4:00 AM #


    “To infinity . . . and your mom,” Is the perfect tag line for this.

    Yay for you! I might make a paper airplane later on, just for the hell of it! You’ve inspired me to re-introduce these magical flights of our fancy to the skies- at seven feet high, max.

    It IS the little things that float our cosmic checks. They buoy us, they provide hope and they produce those priceless smiles. And you’re spot on about it never being too late.

    Great stuff, as per.

    • The Guat March 7, 2019 at 12:44 AM #

      That line right there had me cracking up all day. It totally should have been my title! Totally. I don’t think I’ll forget that one. She cracks me up. This was a totally cool new experience and it was so simple, yet so cool at the same time. It was definitely not too late to learn this skill. I feel I’m gonna need it with the rainy days coming up…having paper airplane battles.

      • Sorryless March 7, 2019 at 4:11 AM #

        If there was a course on paper airplanes, I’d take it. If only to brush up. And besides, throwing paper airplanes at the teacher would be encouraged . . .

  2. anotherday2paradise January 17, 2019 at 6:28 PM #

    Oh, well done, TG. 👏🏻 Many kids st my school learned how to make paper aeroplanes which they aimed at other pupils during class when teacher’s back was turned. I of course wasn’t one of those naughty ones. 😅

    • The Guat March 7, 2019 at 12:45 AM #

      Ha! That’s so funny. I don’t think we had that back in the day. Maybe we’d crunch up paper balls and throw them but we weren’t skilled enough for airplanes. That probably took too long and the teacher would have caught on I guess. Ha! But like you … I just kept my head down and did my work 🙂

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