Christa McAuliffe March 10, 2010Posted by jayocallahan in Uncategorized.
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On Monday, February 22, I took a break from my residency at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire to drive to nearby Blossom Cemetery to see the gravesite of Christa McAuliffe. Christa McAuliffe was NASA’s teacher in space. She died on January 28th, 1986 when the space shuttle, the Challenger, exploded. Her gravesite is high on the hill of the cemetery. I parked and walked up through the snow to the gravestone. It was silent and the sky was blue. There was a faint half moon in the sky and a single jet plane was trailing a cloud of white smoke. In the distance there were the hills of Concord.
I appreciated the silence, for the beauty seemed a tribute to that brave young woman. I drove back to St. Paul’s School and passed Concord High School where Christa McAuliffe taught American History. I wonder if I passed her house. I remember reading something one of her students wrote, that Christa was late sometimes in the morning. The students would look out and see Christa hurrying down the sidewalk. They never said a word about her being late because they appreciated her and wanted to make sure she wasn’t in trouble. As I neared St. Paul’s School I passed Concord Hospital and remembered that Christa had helped raise money for the hospital. She was a woman of the community, of the country and of the world.