Monday, July 20, 2009

To The Moon



40 years ago today, I rushed home from my job at Ladera Taco to watch a man walk on the moon. We sat in our living room watching the landing and then that famous "one small step". We went outside to look up at the moon where a man was walking. A man was walking on the moon!

Today we take space travel for granted. There is a space station that people travel to and from without much notice from us. Space shuttles take off and land while the rest of us go about out business. We only pay attention when there is a disaster or the possibility of a disaster. But I still remember the awe I felt in 1969 when, for the first time ever, there was a man on the moon.

4 comments:

JohnnyB said...

I know. "Awesome" is literally the right word in this case. Curiously, I just read a similar memory written by somebody here in Ohio. She said her parents "woke us up" to come and watch. For a moment I wondered why she had such an early bedtime since we watched at dinner time.

Sadly, only 36% of current Americans were alive when the moon landing occured. (and I have to imagine very few were conceived during those hours.)

Susan said...

Maybe not during those hours but in the later hours. Outside under the moon wondering if Neil Armstrong was watching! :-)

Susan said...

So how many of current Americans understand the picture I put with this entry?

Rita said...

I'm a little behind, but that's still one my favorite expressions.

"To the moon, Alice."

He was the Great One. And she was the perfect "straight man".