Go back forty years, and what do you have? Woodstock. The moon walk. And a generation of little girls who didn’t think they could be astronauts . . . because they were girls.
Canadian broadcasters are on an international search for a humble little girl interviewed as Neil Armstrong made his historic leap for mankind.
The CBC has an old clip of reporter Walt Lacosta asking the girl (that’s her at right) if she’d like to walk on the moon someday. The answer is an unequivocal “yes,” but when Lacosta follows up with a query about what her own future looks like, the girl is just as sure she won’t do it. Why not? “Because I’m not a boy.”
Perhaps it wouldn’t be as sad if it wasn’t for the interview earlier in the clip with a goofy little boy who says “I might or I might not.” His gender clearly wasn’t playing a role there. Or the little boy who says “yeah . . . because maybe there’s special stuff on the moon.”
As a girl and a mother of a girl though, even forty years on, this one tugged at me. There have been female astronauts since then, and the space program doesn’t have the same kind of tug that it did when we were kids . . . I think in part because it seems so much more possible to any of our kids that they could one day walk on the moon. By stealing its glamour, it’s also become more open to young girls as a big dream. And that’s what makes this so sad – that girls have broken through glass ceilings only to look back on the shards left behind and see them lacking in glimmer.
Of course, there is that big “woohoo” part of all of this – that the dream once so foreign to a little Canadian girl has become so incredibly commonplace. I’m just as curious as the CBC where this girl is now and what kind of ass she’s kicking.
The video itself is chock-a-block with cute interviews with kids. Check out the little boy wrinkling his nose with an air of “I’m not a little kid, I know better,” when he tells Lacosta the moon most definitely is not made out of green cheese! Almost as good is the little boy so proud of Canada’s involvement in the moon landing. It’s a veritable “kids say the darndest things,” so check it out. And if you happen to recognize the little girl, let them know.