Inspiring love of robots and space and, apparently, me.
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!"