Okay, I admit I'm a sucker for all those sappy Hallmark Hall of Fame Specials. I like how they transport viewers to a simpler, gentler, more civil time, with no guidette or wayward housewife in sight. But last night's A Smile as Big as the Moon about a Michigan special education teacher who fights to take his class of students with diverse needs to Space Camp, captured my heart more than most. I savored every single moment of the program, and yes, it made me cry. Best of all, this wasn't just Sunday evening feel-good family television, this was based on a true story.
My son would have loved this story, all the kids in it, and going to Space Camp. I would have been in the thick of things helping make that happen, and then writing about it, too. Instead, I was cheering loudly at my television.
Kudos to Hallmark, one great Michigan teacher, and everyone involved with this terrific program.