(in honor of all the recent space activity and a soon to arrive full moon – a repost from 2 years ago)

50th anniversary of the week of the Apollo 11 moon landing

I was 11

on the cusp of everything 

we went over

to my parents’ friends’ house

everyone was transfixed

air was electric

all gathered around the tv


silent and awestruck


as the first man walked on the moon

spoke his first words on the moon

 lots of emotion in the house

I ran to the window to look at the moon 

hoping I would see him up there

right in the middle of all of this

the hostess

left to go to the hospital

to have her baby

she named him neil

after that man on the moon.

“we ran as if to meet the moon.” 

― robert frost

image credit: Ann Arbor district library archives

34 responses »

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  2. It was so exciting. And now there are commercial trips into space. That’s exciting too. Only for the rich and famous, yes, but being an astronaut was a pretty exclusive club too.

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  3. what a wonderful story Beth: beautifully told; I was in my first years of teaching then and we sent the kids home to watch it with their parents while we watched it in the staffroom with those kids whose parents were still at work; a wonderful. miraculous time 🙂

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  4. Getting to the moon was symbolic that humans can accomplish just about anything, (except maybe prevent a pandemic from spreading.) I can’t believe how many conspiracy theorists think the moon landing never happened.

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