Former astronaut Edgar Evans is proud to say he now has 22 members of his fan club — all the neighborhood kids. They’re so cute. He loves visiting their little club and talking about his time in space.
Of course, he also enjoys having the current group of NSSA Cadets over to his place and fixing dinner for them. He makes a mess, but his wife, Sara, never complains.
The Evans family did have quite a scare recently, though. Edgar’s wife, Sara, has been spending a lot of time taking care of those exotic space plants the space agency has been studying. A woman working at the agency — Yasmin Grayson — nearly died because of those plants. It seems they’re the cause of an ailment the scientists have named boverde flu.
Sara got violently ill, and Edgar was afraid he was going to lose her. Fortunately the doctors have now developed a cure for the disease.
Edgar is very insistent that his wife steer clear of those exotic space plants in the future.
And what’s going on with Kat and Jonathan? Why aren’t they having babies? Family is far more important than career, at least in Edgar’s opinion, and Sara is inclined to agree with him. But so far, no news about any little ones on the way.
Edgar and Sara Evans are thrilled that their younger son, Jonathan, has now settled down, tied the knot, and is happily married. They’re thrilled, too, that the older son, Michael, and his wife, Carole, are going to be presenting them with their second grandchild in March.
Sara wasn’t so thrilled about the sci-fi Jupiter awards. She didn’t win, but she has finished another sci-fi novel, Electric Earth, which has also been picked up by the book-of-the-month club and hailed in the literary digests. So, she’ll probably get another nomination, but she’ll probably lose again. It’s fine. It’s an honor just to be nominated.
She’s been keeping busy — when she’s not writing — by doing a little art collecting. She loves going to Annie Caldwell’s gallery in Newcrest. That’s close to where both Jonathan and Michael live, so it gives her a good opportunity to drop by and visit with their wives, and with little Theo, their first grandson.
What will the stork bring next? Sara’s excited and can hardly wait for the new baby to arrive.
Edgar is still puttering around, feeling a little lost now that he’s on ground duty. He did hire a maid service so that Sara can have for time for writing and for visiting with the kids. He misses them. Of course, having more grandchildren to spoil will make it easier. Jonathan says he and Kat won’t be having any little ones for a while, though. Not until their education is finished. Smart boy.
Sara and Edgar have been blessed, indeed. They’re pleased with all life has given them.
Jonathan Evans has been doing a lot of thinking lately. Of course he’s having fun playing around, flirting with all the girls…and woo-hooing them, too. But the truth is, he needs to start thinking about the future.
At least, that’s what his father tells him.
He and his brother, Michael, got together with their mom and dad last week for dinner, and it was almost like old times. Of course, Michael is married now — and quite happily so — and before long Jonathan will be having nieces and nephews, and…isn’t it about time for him to settle down?
Those old times were good ones, and Jonathan was raised on old-fashioned family values. Really, what in life matters more than having a strong, supportive, loving family? He wouldn’t be where he is today without his mother, his father, and his brother. Throughout his life, they’ve encouraged him, given him opportunities to learn and grow and be himself.
Isn’t it time now for him to become a real man? Isn’t it time for him to make a few decisions, and get started on the real business of living? Simply put, it’s time to choose a wife, get married, and start raising a family of his own, carrying on the proud Evans family traditions.
Who will it be? Kat Phillips? Fiona Patterson? Hattie Mae Richards? In his heart, he already knows the answer.
It’s harder than Edgar Evans expected it to be. He’s been to space, he’s trained other astronauts, and he’s been a newsmaker giving interviews and appearing before television cameras. Yeah, all that was easy. What’s not easy is having his two sons grown and gone.
He and Sara agreed to devote themselves now to one another and to their careers, but that doesn’t take away that lonely feeling. He misses his boys.
Of course, he sees a lot of Michael since they work together at NSSA. Michael and the other astronaut trainees also come over in the evenings at least once a week. It’s not the same, though.
And Jonathan? Well, that boy is so busy he doesn’t even call. Edgar worries a bit about his youngest son. Being a musician is a fine profession, but maybe it doesn’t provide the right amount of structure for Jonathan. Maybe he’s too sensitive, too emotional, too passionate. In other words, maybe he’s spending too much time chasing after love. Or lust. More likely lust.
Edgar’s thinking now that maybe he needs to have a long heart-to-heart with Jonathan. But when? The boy is too busy to call, so when would he find time to come visit mom and dad?
What’s wrong with kids these days?
He’s making a new rule. Dinner on Friday. With the family. Jonathan and Michael both need to be there. Michael can bring his wife and Jonathan…well, he can bring his “flavor of the week”. What a sorry state of affairs.
Edgar definitely needs a chance to talk to his son and set him straight on the real facts of life.