Shaking the pot vigorously, Katie heard the popcorn kernels popping inside. She turned off the range, lifted the lid and poured the fluffy snack into a large bowl.
“Hurry up,” Ray shouted from the other room. “He’s getting ready to leave the lander.”
“Coming,” Katie shouted back. She shook some salt over the bowl and carried it into the living room. Finding her place in the middle of the sofa, she held the bowl in her lap while Ray and Rob started gorging themselves.
The ghostly images on their new color television set showed Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong descending the ladder of the lunar module and preparing to drop to the moon’s surface.
“I wish Tim could be here with us,” Katie said softly. “Something this important should be shared by the entire family.”
“I’m sure they’re watching this at camp,” Ray said. Tim was spending the summer as a camp counselor at a youth camp in Leesburg, Florida.
No one took their eyes off the television set as the astronaut leapt backwards toward the surface of the moon. When he landed, the trio erupted in cheer. Katie hoped they were also cheering at camp, even all around the globe.
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