20 July 2019

Fifty years to the night since the first human beings touched down on the surface of the moon. Sure, dogs and chimps might have beaten us into space, but way to go, Homo sapiens! We can be a pretty awesome species, when we put our minds to it.

I witnessed the event from Dad’s lap. He got me up from bed especially. Mum thought he was totally insane, making a four-year-old child miss his sleep to watch something he would never remember. Dad said there was no way on earth his son was going to miss the first ever moon-landing.

They were both right, of course. But Dad was more right.

Thanks, Dad.

Richard Carter is a writer and photo­grapher living in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks
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