Sunday, March 25, 2012
So If One Day They Say They Wanna Be Astronauts....
(Okay, I know this isn't the best picture I've ever posted of my adorable baby girls, but it'll have to do.)
This afternoon they had a pretty cool event at the Embassy. The kids were invited to meet Marsha Ivins, a real live genuine astronaut. And not just any old astronaut, but a female astronaut. Cooler still.
She gave a terrific presentation, and even Ainsley managed to sit through most of it. (Though truthfully, she started to get restless about halfway through, until she spied a mom she knows in the back of the room. She happens to secretly love this mom's daughters, who are stunningly beautiful, with long black hair and golden skin, so when she saw their mom she ran right over to give her a hug and sit in her lap. The mom kindly permitted this, and after the speech was over, Ainsley told her wistfully "I wish you could be my mother." Cue sound of heart breaking.)
Kyra was riveted, and did you know, she asked me later, that they've sent a monkey into space? Also, in space you poop into bags. That is an impressive feat by kid standards.
Aidan's class is, by lucky coincidence, currently studying the solar system, so he thought it was pretty cool, too. I think he particularly enjoyed the videos of astronauts goofing off and the photos of the Earth from space. Our astronaut wisely included lots of pictures of Amman and the Dead Sea as seen from space, which impressed the kids enormously.
All in all, a good day. It was really nice of Ms. Ivins to take the time to meet with our kids. And who knows? Those girls of mine might end up rocking the astronaut suits some day.