Douglas H. Wheelock

@Astro_Wheels

Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25; Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.

Are you the one?

Thanks to my friend Linda, @lindaleigh, I was reminded of this tweet that I sent back in July after a life-changing encounter with an angel in the form of a little boy...while waiting to watch the final launch of the Space Shuttle.  Thought I would re-tweet this with a photo from a different angle.  The little girl in the photo is his younger sister.

Original tweet from July 12, 2011:

Are you the one? You never know when you’ll encounter an angel. I was at the Banana Creek viewing area to watch the launch last Friday, and was signing pictures and hats and shirts…and answering questions. A little boy stood patiently beside me, held my hand tightly for several minutes, and when it was his turn I knelt to talk with him. He only said a few words but for several minutes he felt my hair, and mapped the contours of my face with his little fingers. He looked at every detail of the patches on my flight suit, and drew the lines of each patch as if he were memorizing the design. Then he just gave me a hug and wouldn’t let go. One of those moments that blesses my life and touches my soul.

I found out yesterday that this little guy was sent to Florida through ‘Make-A-Wish’, a wonderful organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This little boy’s wish was to meet an Astronaut and watch a Space Shuttle launch. So...you just never know… 

Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow? 
Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die...Cause you never had time? 
You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. 
Time is short. The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere...You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day, 
It is like an unopened gift...Thrown away. 
Life is not a race. Do take it slower…
Hear the music...Before the song is over.

#STS120Tweetup #NASATweetup #Wheelers

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1147 days ago

Are you the one?

Thanks to my friend Linda, , I was reminded of this tweet that I sent back in July after a life-changing encounter with an angel in the form of a little boy...while waiting to watch the final launch of the Space Shuttle. Thought I would re-tweet this with a photo from a different angle. The little girl in the photo is his younger sister.

Original tweet from July 12, 2011:

Are you the one? You never know when you’ll encounter an angel. I was at the Banana Creek viewing area to watch the launch last Friday, and was signing pictures and hats and shirts…and answering questions. A little boy stood patiently beside me, held my hand tightly for several minutes, and when it was his turn I knelt to talk with him. He only said a few words but for several minutes he felt my hair, and mapped the contours of my face with his little fingers. He looked at every detail of the patches on my flight suit, and drew the lines of each patch as if he were memorizing the design. Then he just gave me a hug and wouldn’t let go. One of those moments that blesses my life and touches my soul.

I found out yesterday that this little guy was sent to Florida through ‘Make-A-Wish’, a wonderful organization that makes dreams come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. This little boy’s wish was to meet an Astronaut and watch a Space Shuttle launch. So...you just never know…

Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die...Cause you never had time?
You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won't last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere...You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift...Thrown away.
Life is not a race. Do take it slower…
Hear the music...Before the song is over.

#STS120Tweetup #NASATweetup #Wheelers

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lindaleigh 1137 days ago

I always come back to this post when I think of how wonderful you are Sir.
Do you know how this little guy is doing now ? God Bless him and his family : )

Nufle7 1138 days ago

All I can say is wow - and thanks for the pic and post !

canarchaudry 1144 days ago

Great tweet of an angel meeting another angel ...
love the poetry most specially...Thnks for re-tweet, Astro Wheels:)

Stelygs 1145 days ago

Slow down, don't dance so fast...you may find out that heaven lies in the eyes of a little earthbound angel, after having raced across the heavens above in a spaceship... Life's a constant surprise... Thx for sharing your extraordinary one! :)

SophalMiracle 1147 days ago

Little Dreamer is face2 face w/ Astronaut>touch the batch o/honor>thx a lot all the way2 the Top!

matthewbrenner 1147 days ago

Grateful to be friend to an Astronaut - which is pretty hard to top. You do with your poetry.

lindaleigh 1147 days ago

Thanks for this different angle. Since July I have pictured this little guy tracing you patches in my mind. How wonderful to see it, and his sweet face :-) Yes he was your angel that day, but never forget that you were his too...