A Light Over the Ocean


“Mommy, what’s that?”

“What’s what sweetheart?”

“Outside in the sky over there.”

“That’s odd…maybe it’s an airplane in trouble.”

“It’s pretty. Maybe it’s a UFO.”

“There are no UFOs dear. Oh, look, it’s on the TV too. It says it’s from a rocket launch…Iridium Next.”

“Cool! Is it going to Mars?”

“I don’t think so. Nobody goes to Mars. Hurry, finish getting ready or we’ll miss our flight.”

“Will there be Internet on the plane, mommy?”

“Probably. I don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised. It’s amazing some of things they can do now days.”

“I hope there is.”

“That Iridium thing is probably horribly expensive. There are so many better things to spend money on than NASA shooting people off on spaceships.”

“Mommy, can we fly to Mars instead of going to Grandma’s house?”

“What? I just told you no one goes to Mars.”

“But that man on the TV just said that he is.”

“Really…Oh look at the time! Come on! Come on! Let’s go or we’ll be late.”

“Maybe someday we’ll ride that man’s pretty spaceship to Mars. Maybe it’ll have Internet too.”

“Yes dear.”



Cover image credit — Javier Mendoza/AP

~ by Bill Housley on March 30, 2018.

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