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One Small Step

This is redundant. I don't care.

Posted on 2012.08.25 at 18:24
When I was a boy, there was a light in the sky. Pearly white, the apparent size of a coin, claimed to be made of green cheese.

The world's most brilliant minds envisioned unforgiving stone surfaces and jagged mountains like vicious shark's teeth trying futilely to savage the heavens.

But one day in July, a man swaddled in a comical, padded suit swayed slowly down a ladder, and hopped onto a soft land of grey dust and gently rolling hills. He was brilliant, courageous, skillful, and above all humble, carrying naturally the mantle of his achievement.

As he shuffled about, transmitted in ghostly gray images to televisions around the world, through gray dust againts grey mountains, he transformed a light in our sky into a _place._ Hills and dales and meadows of soft gray dust, where, if you wore that silly padded suit and golden- faced helmet, you could hop across the landscape like a kangaroo.

"God," the saying goes, "isn't making any more real estate." But with one small step, one giant leap, Neil Armstrong did. He transformed a light in the sky into a place.

Thank you Neil. You went in peace, for all mankind. I'll miss you.


fishsanwitt at 2012-08-25 22:41 (UTC) (Link)
This is a beautiful post.

Thank you.
Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2012-08-25 22:48 (UTC) (Link)
I'm gratified I struck a chord.
ljs at 2012-08-26 10:08 (UTC) (Link)
A lovely post for a great man.
sarahenany at 2012-10-02 08:26 (UTC) (Link)
I know how much this means to you in particular, with your fiervent (huh. was wondering whether to write 'fierce' or 'fervent' so this is what came out. Not quite spiffy enough for a coinage,though) belief in the power of science, and as a skiffer from way back. That's one man who will live on unforgotten.
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