Adventures in Space Exploration
“Mom, I want to explore space.”
Just when I thought my child joining the military might be the scariest-for-mom thing ever, my son goes and tells me he wants to explore space.
“What?” I seriously thought I heard him wrong. I knew how much he loved NASA’s Kennedy Space Center when we went there last summer for his birthday and I knew he talked about wanting to terra-form other planets, but I figured that was a sci-fi phase he was going through, fueled by Netflix episodes of Battlestar Galactica, like me and my Dr. Who fan phase (yes, sorry folks, but the love-affair is over. Moffet ruined it for me!)
“Earth is pretty neat,” I said. Was I actually trying to dissuade my child from his dream of Adventures in Space Exploration? Shame on the mom! I couldn’t be a dream-crusher!
“That’s the problem, mom,” he told me. “Most people just want to stay on earth. Like you.”
“There’s so much here we haven’t explored yet,” I told him. The earth-bound adventurer and sky’s-the-limit dreamer in me were having a tussle in my brain.
“Yes, but I want to see what is out there,” he said with the conviction of someone who was determined to conquer a life goal.
I realized that somehow I had managed to raise a child who was far more adventurous than I. While I was busy climbing through historic forts, he had his eyes set on the future… humans in space. Would he be on a SpaceX rocket to the Space Station? A traveler on Virgin Galactic? Or destined to places farther-a-flung, like Mars? I always knew he would be going places, but I never thought they might beyond this planet. Perhaps he had one too many profound conversations with his uncle, a former NASA employee who had been involved in the Space Shuttle program. My son had already told one of his teachers this year that he wanted to be an aerospace engineer and he is one of both Elon Musk,( founder of SpaceX, Telsa and PayPal) and Richard Branson’s (British entrepreneur and Founder of Virgin everything) biggest fans.
I had to sit on this and think. I’d always imagined having to fly somewhere, maybe across the states or to Sweden or even New Zealand to visit grand kids, but to have to take a space shuttle? I sure hope they develop that Star Trek transporter by then! Of course, then again, maybe my own son will do it himself!
Have you ever had your child surprise you with their life goals? How did you react? Feel free to comment below.
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