A Note to Dads: Write Her Name on the Moon

1 comment Posted on June 23, 2013

Jay Payleitnerby Jay Payleitner

Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo 17 mission, promised his nine-year-old daughter, Tracy, he would bring her “back a moonbeam.” Well, moonbeams are hard to capture and don’t last anyway. So Captain Cernan did something even better. After spending 75 hours on the lunar surface, just before entering the lunar module, that father reached down and traced his daughter’s initials in the moondust. Because there’s no wind or rain on the moon, the initials TDC are still there giving Teresa Dawn Cernan a monument unlike any other girl on any other planet.

Pretty cool, huh? Well I totally recommend all dads do the exact same thing next time you’re on the moon. But if that’s not on your calendar this year, let’s consider how that feat may be replicated here on earth.

Pouring a foundation for a new patio or driveway? Draw a heart with your daughter’s initials in the wet cement. On a fencepost or a tree stump at the family cottage, carve a subtle tribute. Carry a coin or keychain inscribed with her initials. It’s not my style, but some dads might consider sitting for a tattoo of their daughter’s name.

52 Things Kids Need from a DadAnother idea is to dedicate something to her that has artistic, architectural, educational, or literary value. More than one housing developer has snuck a Rachel Avenue or Lindsay Boulevard into a new subdivision. “Carly” or “Amelia” is certainly a better name for your yacht than “Seas the Day” or “Breakin’ Wind.” Dave Thomas named his fast-food chain after his daughter Wendy. In 1949, bakery entrepreneur Charlie Lubin named his cheesecake after his eight-year-old daughter Sara Lee. An Austrian businessman once placed an order for 36 custom-designed cars insisting they be named for his daughter, Mercedes.

In the course of your job, hobby or vacation, where can you interpose an icon or image of your daughter? It might simply be a smiling photo on your screensaver, bulletin board or dashboard.

Dad, you think of your daughter often. Hundreds of times per day. You pause, picture her beautiful face, and pray for her well being. But she doesn’t know that. The real reason to make a public statement that she means the sun, moon and stars to you is not to remind you. It’s to remind her.


I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”          –Philippians 1:3-6 NIV


  • 06/23/2013
    Dawn said:

    I do so love this! I have 3 daughters. The baby just got her learner’s permit (so she’s 16). I send them little things I find on FB.


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