Friday, February 01, 2008

"It's happened again!"

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I was sleeping in on a Saturday morning 5 years ago when my phone rang - it was Bubba's Mom. "It's happened again!" she said in tears. We had lost another Space Shuttle.

Today, February 1, we remember the crew of STS-107's Space Shuttle Columbia.

We didn't think it would ever happen again - it had been 17 years since the last shuttle disaster, and NASA was back on track with successful missions. And though we held our breath with every launch, even this mission was going well. Until they had to come home. Our community was rocked yet again.

This time I had to explain it to my children - 8 and 5 at the time - who had astronauts as neighbors and Sunday school teachers - would it be our friends next? We took flowers to the makeshift memorial outside JSC's gates, and I stood there with dozens of other people and cried.

In loving memory of our lost heroes. Godspeed.


david mcmahon said...

We'll never forget. God bless them all.

What a great way to honour their memory.

By the way, I've just added you to my blogroll. Hope that's OK with you.

D... said...

This affected Bear so much. He was also 5 at the time. We took him to the makeshift memorial and brought flowers so he could place them with the others. It was a horribly sad time for the community and the nation.

Let's pray that none of us hear those words "It's happened again" ever again.


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Jenny 865-53oh9 said...

One tragedy is hard enough for a community to have to deal with, but more?....{sigh}

Misty Dawn said...

Oh yes, I remember both times. So very sad.