Countless Americans watched the transport of Discovery, the space shuttle, to the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. It was often described as a bittersweet event.
As I watched, I could imagine a sad face on the base of the shuttle. It seemed as if Discovery had acquired a soul and a personality, just as a child's well-loved toy or blanket can eventually seem real. But the shuttle appeared small and helpless as it hung onto the 747 for dear life.
While in service, Discovery roared toward the heavens with power and fire. It returned equally as strong, with the sonic booms to alert us of each homecoming.
I can see a common thread between Discovery's final journey and what is happening to our society. We used to wake up and realize the benefits of looking after ourselves. Far too many people have lost the desire to be ambitious and self-reliant. They expect the government to look after all their needs.
Strength, pride and confidence occur when we know we are able to survive on our own achievements. Discovery always appeared huge when it flew its brave missions alone. What a difference to see it tethered to a much larger aircraft. Discovery no longer had control over its destiny.
Mary Jane Brown of Winter Park is a native Floridian and a pharmacist at a major hospital. She’s seen a lot of the world and hopes to see much more. She also enjoys sewing, reading, analyzing handwriting, visiting children and grandchildren and spending time at home with her husband.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun