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The Step: One Woman’s Journey to Finding her Own Happiness and Success During the Apollo Space Program Paperback – April 5, 2016
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It is a memory that I recall many times, for inspiration, for confidence, or to simply smile, sit back and remember…
The year is 1948 and I am eleven years old in the sixth grade at South Side Elementary School in Ft. Lauderdale. It’s a warm sunny May day with the anticipation of the end of school in everyone’s thoughts. At recess, I’m playing softball with the sixth grade girls against the fifth grade girls. I hit a long ball, a sure home run. I round the bases and jump on the home plate, positive of my home run and jubilant with my efforts; my friends cheer me on as if I’m some famous softball player, only to be told the exact opposite.
“You’re out!” yells my teacher, strict Mrs. Spaulding, who is refereeing the annual game, in her three-quarter-length dress and chunky black shoes, behind the plate.
“You failed to tag second base,” came her decree.
“But, I must have touched second base.”
“No, you went right by it. You have to touch every base.”
I feel my chin rise, my teeth clinch, but I don’t cry. I know I’ll be up to bat again and know what I have to do and will do. The very next time at bat, I whack it even further than my first supposed home run. I traverse the bases, pouncing on every base with both feet, and once again I jump on home plate, looking up at Mrs. Spaulding with both arms raised.
“Well done,” she says.
Later, back in our classroom, after the school bell rings, signifying the end of the day and the end of the school year, I rise to leave with the rest of the class. Mrs. Spaulding says, “Martha, please stay after, I’d like to talk to you.” I return to my desk and anxiously wait. Am I in trouble for my grandstanding? After the last students leave the room, she motions me to come to her desk.
“Since this is the last day you’ll be in my class I want to tell you something,” she begins in her slow southern accent. “I want you to tell your parents what I am going to say to you. Will you do that”?
“Yes Ma’am, Ms. Spalding.”
“You’ve not been the smartest child in my class. You’re good at what you like to do but there is another ingredient that you do have that will take you far in this world. You’ve got ‘The Step.’ Your dogged determination is something that will stay with you and enable you to achieve.
She notices the confused look on my face, “Honey, ‘The Step’ is an old Southern term. When you have a goal, your ‘step’ is concentrated and it hurries you along, guides you to win, or to accomplish. Your pace becomes a little faster; your stride is determined and strong, you become more focused.”
She pauses, looks right in my eyes to see if I fully understand her message.
“You’ll understand what ‘The Step’ means some day,” she says, “ I mean its full meaning, the way it can transform and perform miracles. ”
- Publisher : Morgan James Publishing (April 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1630477141
- ISBN-13 : 978-1630477141
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.98 x 0.64 x 9.02 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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For those of us not directly involved with the space program, it is interesting to see the cooperative effort of so many to accomplish President Kennedy's goal of putting a man on the moon within ten years. Martha draws the reader into the story by giving glimpses of her personal life as a single mother of three daughters and making the astronauts be seen as real people. A must read!
The one thing I think it lacked was heart.
Top reviews from other countries
Es ist in Englisch, das braucht seine Zeit. Ich erwarte aber einen sehr interessanten Inhalt.