For a Chinese American girl who grew up in Houston, had a dad who worked for NASA, and who watched basketball religiously–I first developed a taste for the game at church camp, in fact, the summer of ’86, when a big-screen TV got rolled out after evening services so we could watch the NBA Finals, Rockets versus Celtics–today’s a day of mourning.
In my grief, I recognize a weird symmetry to both of these events happening on the same day. The space shuttle Atlantis takes final flight, Yao’s grounded by injuries to his feet and ankles. It’s a perfect, Greek symmetry: Atlantis sank into the ocean, Achilles had a heel.
As a physicist’s daughter, I suppose I should know that gravity always wins, but it’s easy to forget about the physics of things when you witness something happen in your lifetime that you’d wished for and dreamed of but never thought would come true.
Filed under: A Dark Day, Achilles' Heel, Atlantis, Childhood Dreams, Farewells, Final Space Shuttle Flight, Goodbyes, Houston Rockets, NASA, NASA Space Shuttle Program, Rockets, Space Exploration, Space Shuttle Atlantis Final Flight, The Death of Dreams, Yao Ming Retires
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