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The moon! I can't reach it!
February 25, 2013 10:42 AM   Subscribe

A moment of adorable: two year old Kayla can't reach the moon, but that doesn't lessen her interest in it. Kayla's dad shared the video on Reddit, where he got a lot of suggestions for books and items to appease her lunacy, and was invited to tour the NASA facilities in California.
posted by filthy light thief (45 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
And this is why we need manned space missions. So little kids can dream.
posted by seanmpuckett at 10:45 AM on February 25, 2013 [8 favorites]


posted by filthy light thief

Eponysterical.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 10:52 AM on February 25, 2013 [9 favorites]


Oh god when I was almost exactly her age, I was similarly obsessed with the moon, and intent on jumping to it via my parents' bed (you could see the moon out their bedroom window).

According to the oral history of our family, I was jumping and jumping while shouting "I'M GONNA JUMP TO THE MOOOON!" when I slipped and fell, bonking my head into the corner of the nightstand.

Fun fact: the surface of the moon looks surprisingly like a hospital emergency room.

Be careful, little Kayla.
posted by phunniemee at 10:52 AM on February 25, 2013 [21 favorites]


invited to tour the NASA facilities in California.

Oh, that's great. Kayla and NASA have so much in common.
posted by notyou at 10:53 AM on February 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


15 Year Old Kayla: "GOD I FUCKING HATE THE MOON. AND THAT YOUTUBE VIDEO HAS RUINED MY LIFE!"
posted by Fizz at 11:01 AM on February 25, 2013 [19 favorites]


Ah, they cut out the best part of the video, where she shakes her fist at the moon and shouts:
"I see you! I see what you're doing. Return to the night! You've no business here!"
posted by Atom Eyes at 11:05 AM on February 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


appease her lunacy

I see what you did there, and I like it so much I had to point it out.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:07 AM on February 25, 2013 [18 favorites]


My niece was around 4 when she surmised that the moon just had to be closer than china, because you can see the moon but you cant see china.
posted by FirstMateKate at 11:10 AM on February 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


My 2-yr-old daughter looks up at the sky and tries to fly. She makes a little grunt of exertion as she tries to lift off. "I want to fly up in that sky," she tells me. I don't know where this "terrible twos" idea came from, 2-year-olds are frickin awesome.
posted by Mister_A at 11:16 AM on February 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


MCMikeNamara: appease her lunacy

I see what you did there, and I like it so much I had to point it out.
Thank you, because sadly I missed it.
posted by IAmBroom at 11:17 AM on February 25, 2013


Youtube has become a hit parade of cruel parents. "Jump, Kayla! Jump for daddy's amusement and profit!"
posted by Nomyte at 11:18 AM on February 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Toward the end it looks like she's looking at her dad a bit strangely, as if she's thinking, "Why are you still filming me? LOOK AT THE DAMN MOON, ya big dummy!"
posted by Greg_Ace at 11:21 AM on February 25, 2013


please make the moon stop following me
posted by Ghost Mode at 11:21 AM on February 25, 2013 [6 favorites]


That's a cunning hat. Comes equipped with two ice-planets.
posted by yoink at 11:25 AM on February 25, 2013


Who doesn't love the moon? Here's my own kid, back when she was almost 2, chasing the moon. She's asking the moon to come down, there, before she gets distracted by the bird.
posted by malphigian at 11:26 AM on February 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


go get it girl!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 11:32 AM on February 25, 2013


15 Year Old Kayla: "GOD I FUCKING HATE THE MOON..."

However, with some luck and hard work, 35 year-old Kayla will survive her teenage years and may be working on the moon.
posted by bonehead at 11:34 AM on February 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


And here I thought my 2-year-old was super special with her attempts to reach the moon. "I cannot reach it. Too high, mama." It's adorable. She's sort of obsessed with all things "too high" and loves standing on my shoulders -- like we are circus folk -- to touch the ceiling. Yes, two-year-olds are great.
posted by amanda at 11:34 AM on February 25, 2013


35 year-old Kayla will survive her teenage years and may be working on the moon.

55 year-old Kayla, outwardly stoic in her decade-long role as Director of Base Operations, but inwardly sick and tired of the silence, the desolation, the grinding grey dust that gets into absolutely everything, will nonetheless periodically view this video on a panel in her private office and shed a bittersweet tear at her youthful exuberance.
posted by CynicalKnight at 11:43 AM on February 25, 2013 [30 favorites]


appease her lunacy

I see what you did there, and I like it so much I had to point it out.


The lunar element of lunacy and lunatics is archaic, but under-appreciated.
posted by filthy light thief at 11:46 AM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


35 year-old Kayla will survive her teenage years and may be working on the moon.

55 year-old Kayla, outwardly stoic in her decade-long role as Director of Base Operations, but inwardly sick and tired of the silence, the desolation, the grinding grey dust that gets into absolutely everything, will nonetheless periodically view this video on a panel in her private office and shed a bittersweet tear at her youthful exuberance.


75-year-old Kayla will be some sort of time traveler. However, there is no time on the moon.
posted by Nomyte at 11:49 AM on February 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Yes, two-year-olds are great.

With the possible exception of the Terrible part...
posted by jim in austin at 11:52 AM on February 25, 2013


However, with some luck and hard work, 35 year-old Kayla will survive her teenage years and may be working on the moon.

Giant shifts are what you take
Working on the moon
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 11:52 AM on February 25, 2013 [11 favorites]


Oh thank god, I wrote "shifts."
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 12:20 PM on February 25, 2013 [9 favorites]


205 Year Old Kayla will BE the moon.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 12:21 PM on February 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Who likes the moon?
We Like the Moon!
posted by vespabelle at 12:26 PM on February 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Look at him, Kayla! He's heading for that small moon!

That's no moon!
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 12:36 PM on February 25, 2013


In the next video she will be visited by a black monolith that will help with that whole not being able to reach the moon problem.
posted by localroger at 12:44 PM on February 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Youtube has become a hit parade of cruel parents. "Jump, Kayla! Jump for daddy's amusement and profit!"

But it's less appalling than America's Funniest Home Videos, which predates YouTube by 15 years, and is still going. Anyway, this video seemed less like a ploy for a viral hit than the tiniest motivational speaker after his first bike ride.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:45 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


And I figure there are enough "kids saying/doing silly thing on YouTube" that in 10 years when they're all in their teens, no one will bat an eye at their past viral stardom.

That, or there will be self-help groups for them. Either way, they'll be fine.
posted by filthy light thief at 12:47 PM on February 25, 2013


Little Bear was able to make it to the moon by making a space helmet out of a soap box and jumping out of a small tree.

Protip: Close your eyes while you do this, as you'll be going too fast to look at things.
posted by dr_dank at 12:49 PM on February 25, 2013


Giant shifts are what you take
Working on the moon

Oh thank god, I wrote "shifts."


In my suit, brief bathroom break,
Working on the moon.
posted by CynicalKnight at 12:56 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I once was a sitter for a guy doing mushrooms. He was convinced that he had misplaced, "lost", the moon and that it had to be found.

Glad to see that Kayla found it all these years later. It had to be somewhere I suppose.
posted by sendai sleep master at 2:36 PM on February 25, 2013


He was convinced that he had misplaced, "lost", the moon and that it had to be found.

Your friend should listen to Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake.
posted by phunniemee at 2:41 PM on February 25, 2013


Some may say
The moon is too far away!
No way!
I'm going up there to play.
You may
Just while the hours away
OK?
You may as well stay.
posted by Mister_A at 3:51 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


My mom and I used to sing this song:

"I see the moon, the moon sees me,
Down on the leaves of the old apple tree.
Please Mr. Moon shine down on me,
Shine on the one I love."

Except when I was three, I would sing "Shine on the one I love you." Mom could never convince me that the "you" was not needed after this particular "I love."
posted by IndigoRain at 4:07 PM on February 25, 2013


It's going to be a long time until she can qualify for the Astronaut Corps. If she doesn't go that route, maybe she can yell at the moon with Buzz Aldrin.
posted by Morrigan at 4:18 PM on February 25, 2013


(° ͜ʖ ͡°)
posted by nickyskye at 4:29 PM on February 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


Well done, nickyskye!

Hunter's moon last night, bright enough to read by, close enough to touch. The moon in the high plains desert is one of the best things about living in the Great Basin.

We likea da moooon!
posted by BlueHorse at 5:52 PM on February 25, 2013 [2 favorites]


Where's the token Reddit-bashing? Can't we get a few sweeping generalizations in here? Please?

How about a "boyzone"?

No?

I am disappoint.
posted by kcds at 7:19 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you want something done right, do it yourself.
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 7:38 PM on February 25, 2013


Not obligatory, just beautiful.
posted by Phlegmco(tm) at 8:21 PM on February 25, 2013


Kayla can't learn the message that The Moon is a harsh mistress soon enough.
posted by Mezentian at 8:31 PM on February 25, 2013


There's a sweet Hindi children's song (the playing for change cover is the one I heard first) that I once saw translated as the child singer seeing the moon outside his/her window at night and asking it to come down and rock him/her to sleep.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:58 PM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


The monkey is reaching
For the moon in the water.
Until death overtakes him
He'll never give up.
If he'd let go the branch and
Disappear in the deep pool,
The whole world would shine
With dazzling pureness.
posted by dhartung at 12:29 AM on February 26, 2013


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