ARTEMIS may not have launched, but it was still a glorious morning along the Indian River, sharing the excitement with an enthusiastic gathering of 'rocket-heads' from near and far. Sunrise over the Atlantic just beyond was spectacular and anticipation was thick in the air with each passing moment as everyone shared what they knew, cell phone information, emailing photos back and forth, laughing, telling their own stories. For all on this day it was not to be. For me though, memories of dozens of launches over twenty-plus years of living there remain vivid and as I have also been witness to a loss, a hold and a scrub is always far, far better than the latter.
It will happen, just on another day, with another crowd of 'rocket-heads' who will hold their collective breath and feel the earth move beneath their feet.
Yet I am so very thankful, as this quick flight and visit to central Florida offered something else very special ~ I had not seen my son, daughter in law, and two grandchildren ~ since pre-pandemic days. So the time spent with them, well I really have no words except to say it did my heart good, very good. Thankful, yes.
And I am very thankful to my dear friend, Dee, who had the idea for us to just up and go do this ~ and made it happen! Thank you wrapped up in love.