We think that we have a lifetime to make our dreams come true, and so it was with a gasp that I suddenly realized, very early this year, that this end to the space shuttle program that I've been reading about? This marks a deadline to my dream!
If I don't watch this space shuttle launch now, in April, or this summer, in June, then I will never in my entire life watch a space shuttle launch--it will forever be something that I simply haven't done.
Well, I didn't give up a PhD in English and a full-time career and keep my wonderful children out of institutions of formal schooling to simply pass up opportunities, to simply let dreams die, unfulfilled. Why, out of the many thousands of reasons that I could give you for being a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, I'd tell you that among the most important is the ability to choose from a vastly larger bounty of opportunities simply not available to those who spend their days in the daily grind, and to have the time, the mindset, the focus, and, yep, the opportunity to fulfill our dreams. By "our" dreams, I'm in the habit of mostly meaning the children's dreams, of course, but you know what? My dreams are important, too.
Can you say "homeschool field trip?" Yes, as a matter of fact, I believe that you can.
Fortunately, Matt was able to pretty much leave the jury room and hop right into the first part of our field trip with us, and thus he was able to help out with the baby wrangling at our visit to the Kennedy Space Center, where I was afraid that the girls would be bored and whiny and need wrangling so that I could sightsee.
Actually, once they got it into their little heads that, unlike Indiana, it is simply hot here, and nope, there's nothing to do about it, and yep, you do have to wear your hat and your sunglasses even if you don't want to, and while you're over here trying to hand them off to me why don't we rub some more sunblock on you, they both enjoyed themselves quite a bit and didn't need much wrangling, and we all got to happily sightsee:
Loving on the Astronaut
Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)
It's a BIG building
The Crawler Transporter!
Space Shuttle Endeavor is Waiting for Launch
I might have even squealed.
All that equipment that conceals the shuttle, the solid rocket boosters, and the external tank will be rolled away as lift-off nears, but it's necessary to have until then to allow access to the exterior of all the equipment. Tragically, a worker actually fell off of this equipment back in March, in a horrible accident, but accidents like that are extremely rare.
Matt was a good sport, but the vehicles for space travel aren't really his thing like they are mine, so he got to take every single...
He likes the Apollo stuff a lot, however--I think there were a lot of comic books that revolved around the Apollo program?
Apollo Spacecraft with Matt and Girls
There was a fabulous shuttle launch simulator which everyone except for short little Sydney could ride, displays of the actually Mercury Mission Control and the Apollo Mission Control, and a full-size walk-in model space shuttle:
Looking up at Mirrored Cargo Bay Doors in Model Shuttle
Heat Tiles on Bottom of Model Shuttle
Can you see us standing under the full-size model of the solid rocket boosters and external fuel tank?
Upcoming Event--next week!
Plenty Roomy in This Capsule--perhaps they should have just sent children?
Which brings me, finally, to the rocket that Willow has declared is her favorite:
It's the rocket that sent the Mercury missions into space.
Parenting a little girl who has a favorite rocket--that's another dream come true, now that I think about it.