CONVERSATION WITH…A Claustrophobic Caterpillar…Trying To Cope With Inevitable Changes

As I climbed Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, suddenly I heard a small voice screaming from below! I looked down and realized I’d almost stepped on a panic stricken caterpillar.  I had to apologize!


Caterpillar!  I’m so sorry!

CATERPILLAR: You almost gave me a heart attack!

I didn’t see you there!

CATERPILLAR: That’s what they all say.

Seriously!  Are you okay?

CATERPILLAR: As okay as I’m gonna get right now.  I’ve got bigger problems.

Like what?

CATERPILLAR: Like, I’ve been putting off going in a cocoon until the last possible minute. I’m claustrophobic.  But now the time has come.

I feel your pain. I’m claustrophobic, too.


Yeah. I don’t do elevators, tunnels, airplanes, MRIs…whenever I can avoid them.

CATERPILLAR: Well I can’t avoid going in my cocoon anymore.  I’m exhausted all the time.  I’m always starving and stuffing my face with leaves.  I’m not the caterpillar I used to be. Every part of my body is telling me this part of my life is over.

 So, before you go in your cocoon, why don’t you take a Xanax?  Or have a glass of wine?  I have a glass when I take short plane flights. It takes the edge off for a few hours. 

CATERPILLAR: We’re not talking hours here, we’re talking weeks.

Well, at least you only have to go in your cocoon one time.  Then it’s over! And you’ll be able to fly!  Don’t you want to fly?

CATERPILLAR: No.  I love crawling.  I don’t want to give up my feet.

I hear ya. 

CATERIPLLAR: And I don’t want this part of my life to be over.

I know!!!!  I have two kids and I loved bringing them up.  But they’ve grown up and just left home.  I don’t want this part of my life to be over either.

CATERPILLAR: We’re soulmates.

Yes. But it seems the universe is pushing us to move on. We have no choice.

CATERPILLAR: Yup. I have to fly.

I have to fly, too.   I mean, my daughter lives far away now. If I’m able to get myself to sit in a plane for five hours, I can visit her a lot.  And if I’m able to fly even longer, I can see so many parts of the world. I’d like that.

CATERPILLAR: Maybe flying will open new doors for me too. Maybe I’m part of something bigger that I can’t see. So, I guess I’ll take you up on that bottle of wine.

I said a GLASS…



Weeks later, the caterpillar came out of her cocoon! Though she had a major hangover…


…after a few hours she was able to fly in a straight line.  And me?  Well, since I’m still Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, when I click my heels together I can visit my daughter in a flash. It works for now.  But…if you’re a bad flyer too, I’d love to hear from you.  What do you do on a plane to avoid jumping out of your skin?

































19 thoughts on “CONVERSATION WITH…A Claustrophobic Caterpillar…Trying To Cope With Inevitable Changes

  1. Loved this 😃 what a great take on the feelings you’re going through. I am also not a good flyer, but am always determined that it won’t stop me from traveling. I just find engrossing myself in a book helps & imagining that we’re travelling on the ground 😂 sounds daft but works for me x


  2. I’m feeling the same. My daughter has just gone to university and my son is in college. I’m missing them and feel out of place at the moment. Writing is giving me something to think about and a new role. As for flying, I try to sleep. 🙂


  3. Oh, I laughed when I saw the caterpillar imbibing…and now I know why butterflies zig-zag the way they do!
    Haven’t flown in years & have never been able to sleep on planes, so recovering from inter-continental flights has always been tortuous!


  4. I’m a bad flyer too so I can totally relate. What does it for me is to watch movies. As long as I have a good movie on that I can dive into it takes away from everything else. Any turbulence feels like special effects from the movie sometimes haha. Oh and a glass of wine helps too 🙂


  5. Poor caterpillar with claustrophobia! But seriously, I’m not comfortable flying either. I try to take something to read to take my mind off the fact that I’m in a narrow metal tube thousands of miles above the earth. Also, an aisle seat is an absolute necessity.


  6. You have such a wonderful sense of humour! Love the conversation & the pictures!

    I feel for you regarding the flying; it really is not my thing, and I dread long flights. I am fortunate that I am able to sleep most of it off, but I can hardly eat anything at all, so it’s not great when I have to forgo many meals while on the plane.


  7. Great caterpillar conversation! I missed seeing the Like button and the comment section when I first looked at your blog because there is a very long white space under the post and I thought that was the end of it. Don’t know why that much space is there. Anyway, I enjoyed your post.


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