Saturday, September 01, 2012
view on black
this is the second image i captured from yesterday's blue moon. the first is here.
i was lucky to have watched the apollo missions, fortunate to have been deeply influenced and enriched by what i understood. i am forever thankful to everyone who has fought and worked for the exploration of space.
this was the first full moon after we lost neil armstrong. i learned the news when i checked my email after coming out of a movie, and i promptly fell apart. part of it was because, to me, he was a true hero, but also, i felt that a golden era of ideals is coming to a close.
still, i want to remain optimistic, despite the insanity i see everywhere today -- after all, the 60s were pretty crazy, too. so, in some ways, my then aspirations for the future have remained unfulfilled; in others, i believe we have learned so much and, maybe, the best is yet to come.
i was moved by armstrong's family's statement which was simple and humble, an inspiration to the heroes of tomorrow, full of that which makes great people, great:
'while we mourn the loss of a very good man, we also celebrate his remarkable life and hope that it serves as an example to young people around the world to work hard to make their dreams come true, to be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than themselves.
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.'
thank you again, anthony ayiomamitis, for your company and your guidance.
©2012 helen sotiriadis