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Inspiring love of robots and space and, apparently, me. [20120308|11:45]
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Scene: I've finished talking to a group of about a hundred seven-year-olds about Robots in Space before they watch a screening of Wall.E, and I'm now taking questions from the audience. One sharp cookie has just asked me if robots have microchips. Another little girl, taking courage from her example, has put her hand up in the wonderfully eager way that makes it look like she's going to shoot out of her seat after it.

I go and crouch down in front of her with the microphone.


Me: "Yes? Do you have a question about robots?"
Little girl: *stares at me with saucer eyes*
Me, as gently as possible: "Go ahead."
Little girl: "I love you."
Me: "That's not a question, but it's a very nice thought, thank you!"
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From: pbristow
2012-03-08 13:12 (UTC)

Inspiring love...

It's your superpower. So when are you gonna conquer the world with it, already? =:o}
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-03-10 08:23 (UTC)

Re: Inspiring love...

I'm not sure it's a superpower that lends itself to world conquest!
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2012-03-08 15:01 (UTC)
So adorable!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-03-10 08:01 (UTC)
YES. I just don't get those sorts of spontaneous declarations from the teenagers and adults I normally work with!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2012-03-09 04:01 (UTC)
DAWWWWWWW!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-03-10 08:02 (UTC)
I still teary-eyed when I re-tell the story!
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2012-03-09 04:45 (UTC)
That. is. Awesome.

Like an adorable British (Americanized) rom-com, where her widowed father is stood in the back, watching, only to realize that OMG, he loves you, too.

Love it. :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-03-10 08:13 (UTC)
It gave me quite a shock. Spontaneous declarations of affections are not a thing I encounter much in my normal line of outreach work with teenagers and adults. But it was also delightful. I'll remember it with joy for a long time, I think.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2012-03-10 08:17 (UTC)
I hope so. I hope she remembers this when she faces social pressure not to be good at maths and science.
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