January 29, 1997
An old friend just wrote. Said he heard the floor creaking when he walked down his hallway, and wonders if I miss things like that.
Although most fathers want their sons to be like them, I'd rather you not try to follow too closely in your Dad's footsteps. Along the lines of the famous "do as I say, not as I do" phrase parents always use.
Don't try to fly from point A to point B just because
you saw Dad do it.
Mom is definitely a better role model.
Life is challenging, interesting, and productive every day up here. One fantastic collection of science projects all located in fantastic complex of space station. The constant hum of generators, ventilators, and machinery are good substitute for creaking floors.
Good night, son. Sleep tight. I'll be watching over you as usual. Give Mommy a smile for me.