My husband and I were part of the small team that designed, built, and flight tested the SpaceShipTwo prototype. Eight years ago today, there was an accident during the fourth rocket powered flight test, and SpaceShipTwo crashed, killing the co-pilot, Mike Alsbury. Even though I had left my job 6 months earlier, I still made sure I was there to watch every flight test, and that day 8 years ago is a sharp dividing line of life “before and after”.
This year, my husband and I are starting a new annual tradition. We have decided that October 31st is Friend Appreciation Day. Life is short, and none of us know what the next day, let alone the next hour, truly has in store for us.
I am deeply grateful for my caring, compassionate community, both in real life and online. Thank you so much for being a thread in the web that tethers me here, especially on the hard days. I am grateful for you.
If you would like to join us in celebrating Friend Appreciation Day, please consider taking a moment to leave a comment (blog post, social media post), send a text, or make a phone call to let a friend or friends know that you are thinking of them and grateful for them today.
Please take good care, and if you celebrate, Happy Halloween! xYvonne