art by Cheryl L Owen-Wilson
A Letter from Your Mother
by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Attn: Commander Reynolds
I appreciate your promise to look after Eugenie (my daughter who is also a wonderful cook, by the way). I am sure she will be glad for the attention and try not to be any trouble. If I could ask you for one more favor, could you please deliver this to her upon your arrival.
Edwards Airforce Base July 27th, 2029
(to be opened upon your awakening after the journey, whatever date that might be)
Happy Birthday Darling!
I hope this letter finds you cheerful and well. If you are reading this, you have successfully reached your new home. I'm so very proud of you, sweetie! I always knew those summer classes at the science museum would be worth it in the end.
My only regret is that I can't be there with you to help you through your new life. In fact, I have petitioned Congress to complain that the restrictions on interstellar travel are foolish and that they should allow for family to accompany astronauts on the ship, for security and support. But you are leaving tomorrow morning and they have not yet contacted me regarding a reprieve, so I'm afraid that you are on your own.
I've written down some essential advice to help you through.