I had worked for decades in news and talk radio, and I was getting weary of covering mostly bad news: crime, mass shootings, racial tensions, and political gridlock. One day David – then a teenager – said, "Mom, you should work at NASA." I sent a resume to NASA's Office of Communications in Washington. As luck would have it, it was the same day the agency realized it needed help with the upcoming New Horizons flyby of Pluto. In a short time, I became the embedded writer and public affairs officer for the mission, working marathon hours with an incredible science team. It was both exhausting and exhilarating. I feel privileged to have shared in the experience of seeing humankind's first images of that strange and wondrous place. My small contribution was seeing the bright spot on Pluto and dubbing it the "heart," which exploded on social media. There were memes everywhere; Pluto captured the imagination of people all over the world. Kids wrote letters about how much they loved Pluto. For me, it was "love at first mission."