To the moon, Kitty

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too!”

On September 12, 1962 (just 18 years before Kirby & Howell were born),
President John F. Kennedy spoke at Rice University in Houston, Texas on the subject of our nation’s goals concerning the space race.

Fast forward almost 50 years.  Kirby is sitting at her desk in Hollywood, California, figuring out the math on timecards for the reality television production company she works for.  Howell is just over the hill at home in Burbank, California, working on one of her many freelance writing projects.  As usual, they’re connected via Yahoo Instant Messenger so they can keep each other company.

Kirby had recently finished watching the miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon” and was talking about the importance of goals and accomplishing something difficult.  They began discussing the similarities between their goal of breaking out of their day jobs to become novelists and the nation’s goal 50 years ago of going to the moon.  Both seemed impossible.  Both needed encouragement and alot of hard work and ingenuity.  Granted, theirs was on a much smaller, less intergalactic scale.  However, the feeling was there.

Howell began quoting the Kennedy speech and both began tearing up with the immense feelings of pride and motivation.  “To the moon!” became their war cry.

Soon after, Howell was texting Kirby and ended her message with a triumphant “To the moon, Kirby!”.  But the autocorrect on her phone reared its ugly head and Kirby received the message as “To the moon, Kitty!”

A talented friend inked this cartoon to help cement the belief that they could accomplish what they set out to do.

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