The other day I was sitting on the chair in the living room with my Son, now two years old, and we were watching a program on the history channel about the space program and about the Apollo missions, then about Skylab and the Soyuz mission.
As we sat there, I started thinking about when I was a child and remembering experiencing some of these things myself as they were happening. I remember being glued to the TV, watching the launches and seeing some of these history-making events myself. I remember thinking about all the neat things that would come of our steps into space and all the possibilities that seemed to lie before us.
As I grew up, I remember how my world revolved around the space program and all that it seemed to mean for us, as a world, at the time. I watched any programs that came on television about the space program and when the shuttle program was launched, it only spurred my imagination that much more.
Remembering all this, I thought about my Son, Gideon. He is going to see so many advances in his life, and there are so many things that he will see change and improve because of those advances.
As a child, I lived during the time that man first walked on the moon and when we put our first space station in orbit. I got to see some incredible advances in medicine and in science in general. We have found new moons in our own system and some incredible new facts about some of the planets, and even got to see a planet “demoted” from planet status. At to that we have found proof of planets in other star systems and even exoplanets ( or Rogue) planets.
Looking at all this, I have to envy Gideon for all the things that he is going to see in his lifetime. My wife and I saw man walk on the moon, but he may get to see mankind set foot on Mars, or maybe even BE one of the first men to set foot on Mars or one of the other planets.
Then there are also the more “terrestrial” dreams that we have for him, the dreams that most parents have for their children. There are so many advances in medicine, mathematics, physics, etc, that the possibilities that lay open for him are limited only by the decisions that he makes and the guidance we give him along the way.
For now, we sat on the chair and watched the program and I sat there smiling and telling all about what I remember, and he sat there, not really understanding what I was telling him, but he enjoyed the interaction. And I guess that is what is important for now, to be a supportive and loving parent to him and be there for him now.
Who knows what will happen in his life, or the path it will take. We, as parents, want the best for our children, but when it all comes down to it, we will love him no matter what choices he makes, Scientist or Dog catcher, Doctor or High School teacher.
But still… I am envious of all the things that he will see in his life. I only wish that I could be here with him to see it all too.