The Day Star Trek Came Alive
--by snowflake66, posted Aug 20, 2007
To continue this story, you have to understand a little about my chaotic childhood. With rampant abuse, television, movies, and books were my only escape. I delved into them and found places, people, and situations both like my own and not. It gave this little girl hope. It helped to save me from the messiness of growing up in a dysfunctional household.
So I hope you can imagine how important meeting "Spock" was to me. When the day came, I couldn't wait to get to the store! I dressed up in my favorite outfit, green of course, and waited, very impatiently, for my mother.
When we got there, my heart sunk a little at the huge line that had already formed. But my mother knew what this meant and so we waited. And waited. And waited.
Finally, I could see him! I kept trying to jump up to catch a glimpse, but my enthusiasm was trying to be contained by my mother. Then it was my turn. I went up close. The first thing Spock did was give me the Vulcan sign which I then tried to duplicate.
But I couldn't! I couldn't give the sign back and that devastated me! I began to cry uncontrollably. I felt I had let my hero down.
Well, Mr. Nimoy stopped in his tracks at the sight of my silent, but obvious tears. He knelt down and said "Don't worry, sweetheart. Some people on Vulcan can't do this either. It's okay." Then he hugged me until my tears stopped, signed me a special autograph with my name on it, and kissed my forehead.
Even though that picture got ruined in a flood, that small kindness, to stop and take the time to talk to a little girl and make her smile again, was something I've kept with me my whole life. The experience helped shape and mold me into who I am.
Now I take the time to stop and listen -- you never know who you are going to touch for a lifetime.
P.S. As an adult I wrote to Mr. Nimoy to thank him for his kindness and to tell him how important it was to me. He sent me a new autograph -- not in Spock attire, though :)
it reminds me of my childwood life .thanks God bless