I took my son to Disneyland yesterday with a friend. We stood around Main Street, USA and I told them stories of when my dad took me to see the shuttle land at Edwards AFB, of when my dad snuck me on the flight line to watch the 747 mate up with the shuttle to take it back to Florida, of my dad getting to ride back to Florida with the shuttle once.
We talked about technological advances that have come about through the shuttle program. It was great because other people around us started chiming in with their stories. It was like a community came together for a few hours to reminisce and share a piece of history. The excitement on all the kids' faces as we shared science and history with them was priceless. I don't care what politician said what -- I saw a dozen kids show a genuine interest in aerospace, engineering and math yesterday in the middle of Disneyland as we watched the shuttle carrier dips its wings and let us say goodbye.
It's not every day you get to celebrate the end of an era. I'm really glad I took two 12 year old boys to a great public place to do this instead of watching it on TV.