My Favorite Vacation Photo

I didn’t take as many photos as I have done on past vacations. I find that when I take a lot of pictures, I am less focused on what I am doing. We were on vacation a total of 19 days and having looked through the photos I did take over that period, this one stands out as my favorite.

My youngest daughter, attempting to land the shuttle Atlantis at Kennedy Space Center.

On our drive home from Florida, we stopped at the Kennedy Space Center, spending a full day at the visitor complex. I snapped this photo of my youngest daughter, as she sat in the pilot’s seat of the space shuttle Atlantis. She seemed to know exactly what she was doing, a natural-born stick-and-rudder girl, although she was a little too short for her feet to reach the rudder pedals. She glided the shuttle home for a safe landing at the Cape, and if that isn’t a good metaphor for coming home from our vacation, I don’t know what is.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.