My mom read the book Guess How Much I Love You to me nightly when I was a toddler. It’s a story about a mother rabbit who is trying to tell her baby how she much loves her and can’t find big enough words to describe it. She finally comes up with the biggest amount she can think of.. I love you all the way to the moon and back.
That’s far. And nobody knows just how far it is better than Neil Armstrong. He was the first man to walk on the moon. In his words, this is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
It was 1969, when he and two other astronauts were strapped in for the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission. They didn’t know what was going to happen. Would the ten second countdown before liftoff end up the best ten seconds of their lives or the last? It was a space race. A flight that would make history and inspire people worldwide.
Neil Armstrong passed away on Saturday at the age of 82. From what I’ve read and heard on the news, he was a one of a kind person. Brave, passionate, humble, and patriotic are just a few of the adjectives that have been used. He was a true American hero, and although I’m only 12 years old, I know true heroes don’t come around often.
His family says “For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”
The moon may be far, far away, but a man who has been there will always be close to our hearts.
Peace Love Profits.
Here is a great piece on Neil Armstrong from the New York Post.