3/11/2007 9:56 PM
As the daughter of a teacher, I was in high school, I watched that flight... It made it personal for me. I thought of her more than just a teacher or a hero, but also as a mother. I cried for her. I thought of her family. I wept for her family. She was a leader, with courage, willing to go that extra mile for teacher, for her students, for her children and her family, with her fellow space explorers by her side. The loss of that brave crew was so heartbreaking, it saved many lives~ it improved the safety of flights now, made things better for our current heroes. She was such a strong hero, I was overwhelmed by her. Awed by her... I will always remember her, beyond the rest, she will stand out... I guess because she was a teacher first. She was a space person second. Teaching was her passion, like her family. She reminded me women could do anything. What a lady! A beautiful star herself... Like Reagan said, 'Touched the face of God'....~ They did. She touched our hearts along the way.