Email between cousins — one on Earth and one in space
From: Afshin Shahidi
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 06:15
Subject: days into nights
Hi Anousheh joon,
I just met up with Amir for dinner and he showed me some video of you from the space station. First, you look fantastic, I love the jumpsuit with the american and iranian flags on it. Very nice. Second, it seems like the time has gone by very fast, I’m sure even faster for you as you now prepare to come back. I can only imagine how hard it must be to have to leave.
Like when reading a great book, you don’t ever want it to end. I’m sure you realize though that you are only finishing a chapter in this book and that there is plenty more to read. Your book is being written everyday and the events that you have put in motion in this chapter will bring you more joy and opportunities in the upcoming chapters. All this to say that as sad as it may be, coming home will give you the chance to go back again which I know you will very soon.
You know that we all miss you here and can’t wait to see you and talk to you. Think of coming home as going back to school in the fall, although this time you come back as the teacher. You will see old friends but there will always be in your heart and mind the bliss and thrill of your summer and the comfort in knowing that it will be summer again soon. So come back and warm and inspire us with your noor for a bit before heading back into the cosmos.
“All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all these stars are silent. You–you alone–will have the stars as no one else has them–”
The Little Prince was mis-titled. It should have been The Little Princess.
Safe and Happy Travels.
Over and out until I see you.
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Sent: 9/28/06 9:14 AM
Reading your email brought tears to my eyes… Specially the little excerpt from the Little Prince… I cannot tell you if it was tears of sadness or content… but it was so beautifully written that I have asked that it be posted on the blog… I hope you don’t mind!…
I do hope to be able to continue writing new chapters for this book. To be honest I hoped that one day me or someone else would be able to start something that is contagious and that it would make all the young people in the world to unite and change our world… Reading the messages I have received, I can see the start of this wave and I hope I can do my part to keep it going… I feel I have a big responsibility now and I have to figure out how to best fulfill my part…
I do know that I will experience weightlessness again and I look forward to it… but no matter what, saying goodbye is a hard thing…
With all my love from the Orbit…