October Sky

by Homer Hickam

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What motivated Homer to resume building rockets in "October Sky"?

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In the midst of his huge and seemingly unending pity party, Homer is told that he ought to head down to the bus station.  Ike's widow Mary is leaving after the normal two weeks which someone is allowed to remain in their home after their husband has died.  Homer approaches her and begins to explain how sorry he is.

But then Mary explains that Ike could have gone back to the machine shop anytime he wanted to.  They had gotten used to the money, etc. so she tried to help him get rid of his guilt.

Then, as she left, she said that Ike would have been really happy to know that they had continued shooting off their rockets.  So this really helped spur Homer to return to his work with the rocket club.

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