On This Day Monday 13 April:
On the 13th April 1970 Astronaut Jack Swigert made a famous comment from Apollo 13, often slightly misquoted, to NASA Control: ‘Houston, We’ve had a problem here!’
It took a team effort to solve something that could have been catastrophic, involving science, expertise and massive constraints to what was at hand to solve the problem. It required discomfort (may be an understatement) for those most involved on the journey to successful recovery. And it needed a team of experts providing innovative solutions, and trials to prove them, working against the clock, around the clock – ‘til they could be solved. A story that may resonate, albeit the numbers today of people intimately involved is at a global scale.
For so many, at the moment, each day, each shift, each hour, is a ‘come as you are’ event ‘to do all that we can’ to keep us all safer – and it remains essential that we all play our part. And of course, for all those ill, hours and minutes can matter.
It has become a time when expertise, services and acts of kindness, that we had come to take for granted, have come into sharper focus for their worth and the effort required by unsung heroes to deliver them. There are so many heroes, extraordinary and ordinary people at the same time, in these exceptional times, people making a difference for our society and in our communities. Evidently, they are in our thoughts and prayers, and deservedly celebrated and thanked on our screens, in print, and demonstrations of support.