Mighty Life List
Apr 19 2010

To the Moon

Red Rocket Print from John W. Golden

A few months before his third birthday, Hank comes into the living room where I’m working.

“Mama! You wanna see the moon?


He takes my hand and leads me to the bedroom where Dad is already looking out the window in the dark. Hank closes the door to block the light from the hall, and comes to the window with us.

“The moon!” he says.

The moon!” we say.

It’s a bright crescent moon, high above the apartment buildings. Hank sighs, “I never gonna get to the moon. The moon is very far away. I don’t know what kind of spaceship I need.”

“Yeah, what kind of spaceship do you need?” I say.

He says, “A red one, I think.”

Bryan turns to him, “Yeah. Those are always faster.”

14 Responses to “To the Moon”

  • Yatima Says:

    My standard third birthday present is Spaceship One. It stays in circulation while other toys collect dust.

  • Dawn Says:

    Out of the mouths of babes…

  • AnnGeeDee Says:

    Sounds like a real-life version of “How to Catch a Star” – the children’s book by Oliver Jeffers. Who, coincidentally enough, will be the next Creative Mornings presenter: http://www.swiss-miss.com/2010/04/creativemornings-with-oliver-jeffers.html I love how all my daily readings seem to tie together…

  • marie mcintosh Says:

    painfully cute. so earnest!

  • Laura Says:

    So sweet and awesome. Also, wow – thanks for the John W. Golden tip. I am truly, madly, deeply in love with his prints now and will have to spend all my money in his Etsy shop now. Oh, oh, oh – love it!

  • Lauren Says:

    I think a showing of Wallace and Grommit’s A Grand Day Out might be in order. They build a very fine red spaceship in their basement to visit the moon – all for the purpose of finding some cheese.

  • Meg Says:

    “I never gonna get to the moon.”


    Sweet Hank!

  • Bachelor Girl Says:

    That conversation makes me want to be mom. And have a sweet boy like Hank.

    Here’s to the Masons, for they make the Bachelor Girl spontaneously ovulate.

  • Wheezer345 Says:

    Too Cute!

  • Stacey Says:

    SO sweet.

  • Sassafras Mama Says:

    The best part of the boy-raising business is this sort of thing. My boy is ten and I still enjoy moments of perfection like yours with Hank and his spaceship dreams.

    Also: I’m big fan of John Golden prints.

  • Heather Says:

    Very cute. We decorated one wall in our oldest son’s bedroom with John Golden robot prints. I’m a sucker for robots!

  • Kat Says:

    I just teared up a little. Your Hank is so good.

  • vajinismus Says:

    Here’s to the Masons, for they make the Bachelor Girl spontaneously ovulate.