Found: A Piece of the Wisconsin Meteorite

Mr. Right found a meteorite.
In case you aren’t stunned by the coolness of that fact, here’s some statistics to help out:
A meteorite is a fallen particle from outer space.
It’s valuable – his might even be worth up to $10,000.
It contains elements not native to Earth.
His obsession started after watching this video of the metor that blazed across the sky in southern Wisconsin.
When he told me he planned to pack up the kids and head down to hunt meteorites, I have to admit my skepticism was high.
“I married a nutter.”
But hearing his excitement and passion, I did what any good wife would do – I said, “See ya! Have a fun time!”
10:30 p.m. the next day, he walked through the door with a meteorite. As the freaky awesomeness began to set in (ok, so the article about it being worth up to $10,000 sure helped), Mr. Right made this endearing statement:
“I was thinking about naming it after your blog.”
That brought a smile. “What? What do you mean?”
“Well, I think they tie-in together. You’re always telling people to do their amazing work, no matter how crazy it sounds. This is my amazing work.”
And some really creative publicity, for sure.
Turns out, meteorites aren’t named like that – but his idea made a meaningful crater in my heart.
The truth is, that hunk of falling star stands for a lot in our life. It stands for:
– The age of information. 10 years ago, there’s no way Mr. Right would stand a chance hunting meteorites. He gathered all his information using Google – searching for Doppler images, overlaying his predictions using satellite maps. He didn’t need a degree in science or fancy funding. In fact, he spent the night in the car in a gas station parking lot.
– Forward movement equals progress. Was standing in a farmer’s field trying to find a space needle in a haystack daunting? I’m sure. But he and the kids kept walking forward. They didn’t quit, even after 9 hours of searcing. Movement was the focus.
– It stands for love. We won’t have a meteorite named after Peace & Projects after all. But the real treasure here isn’t a chunk of space rock.
It’s the nerdy, supportive man that comes with it.

meteoriteMr. Right found a meteorite.

In case you aren’t stunned by the coolness of that fact, here’s some statistics to help out:

  • A meteorite is a fragment of rock and/or metal from outer space.
  • It’s valuable – the rock is potentially worth thousands of dollars.
  • It contains elements not native to Earth.

His obsession started after watching this video of the metor that blazed across the sky in southern Wisconsin.

Meteor Madness: Space fireball lights up night sky in Wisconsin

When he told me he planned to pack up the kids and head down to hunt meteorites, I have to admit my skepticism was high.

“I married a nutter.”

But hearing his excitement and passion, I did what any good wife would do – I said, “See ya! Have a fun time!”

10:30 p.m. the next day, he walked through the door with a meteorite. As the freaky awesomeness began to set in (ok, so the article about it being worth thousands sure helped), Mr. Right made this endearing statement:

“I was thinking about naming it after your blog.”

That brought a smile. “Really? What do you mean?”

“Well, I think they tie-in together. You’re always telling people to do their amazing work, no matter how crazy it sounds. This is my amazing work.

And some really creative publicity, for sure.

Turns out, meteorites aren’t named like that – but his idea made a meaningful crater in my heart.

The truth is, that hunk of falling star stands for a lot in our life. It stands for:

– The age of information. 10 years ago, there’s no way Mr. Right would stand a chance hunting meteorites. He gathered all his information using Google – searching for Doppler images, overlaying his predictions using satellite maps. He didn’t need a degree in science or fancy funding. In fact, he spent the night in the car in a gas station parking lot.

– Forward movement equals progress. Was standing in a farmer’s field trying to find a space needle in a haystack daunting? I’m sure. But he and the kids kept walking forward. They didn’t quit, even after 9 hours of searcing. Movement was the focus.

– It stands for love. We won’t have a meteorite named after Peace & Projects after all. But the real treasure here isn’t a chunk of space rock.

It’s the nerdy, supportive man that comes with it.

mr right

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Check out Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, coming January 2016 from Delacorte Press/Random House. Visit her author site here.

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1 Kim April 21, 2010 at 7:28 am

Cool Story Melissa!

2 Melissa April 21, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Thanks Kim!

3 Lynn April 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

love it!! and we all thought he was crazy…in a good way, of course.

4 Melissa April 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm

But of course. 😉

5 Cory April 21, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Awesome story Melissa.

6 Melissa April 22, 2010 at 7:38 am

Thanks Cory!

7 Michy April 23, 2010 at 10:23 am

That’s awesome and so sweet! I think I would have had a similar reaction to you if my husband told me he was going to do something like that. It’s great that you encouraged him even if being slightly wary or doubtful. Who would think one could just go out and find a meteorite?!

8 Melissa April 23, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I know, right?? It is a discovery we’ll never forget. Now, where does one normally store a valuable rock…

9 DEEG May 4, 2010 at 9:14 am

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10 Melissa May 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Deeg 😉

11 Dale May 21, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Great story Melissa!

12 Melissa May 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Nice to have a viewer of the fireball comment. Will keep you posted on how the trip goes!

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