Star Trek memories

This love letter to Star Trek reminded me of my own warm fuzzy memory of star trek. I was the youngest of five children. By the time I was in high school, everyone else was out of the house. It was a rough adjustment period for me to be an only child for the first time in my life.

One of the things I remember very well from these years are the occasional times when my Dad would be at work late, so it was just Mom and I. She would sometimes break from tradition and actually allow us to gasp not eat in the kitchen and double gasp eat in front of the TV triple gasp on TV trays and quadruple gasp eat just Ramen for dinner, no vegetables at all! She and I would watch Star Trek: The Next Generation together. STTNG was my absolutely favorite show at the time.

It wasn't until a few years later that I realized that she must have been bored out of her mind, there's no way she could have possibly enjoyed the show. But she knew that it was enjoyable for me and so she put up with it. She didn't even have to eat with me, she could have read a book or done a million other things, but she sat with me while I watched my favorite show.

Now, here's the kicker... I've been carrying around this warm and fuzzy memory for 15 years. Last year I told her how much it meant to me, and she furrowed her brow, smiled, and said “Honey, I'm sorry but I don't remember that at all.” Ah well, the important thing is that I do.

Comments (7)

  1. Jon Galloway says:

    This story gives me hope that [a] my daughters will appreciate the countless tea parties and hours of playing with dolls (which on the rarest occasion are attacked by much larger stuffed animals), and [b] that I’ll be able to forget said episodes.

    How did you plane flight go?

  2. Jeremy C. Wright says:

    Wow, I had exactly the same experience KC! I developed my love for Star Trek every night at 6:00pm watching it (except with my whole family).

    While I’m not a "trekkie", I always try and catch new series’ to see if it’s "my kind of trek". Voyager and Enterprise (though I like Voyager far more) are my only "kinds" so far.

  3. Androidi says:

    Kinda same here, except that she had to read the subtitles as english isn’t the language here – I don’t remember, but guess it was when I was around 5. I do not really remember anything of that, but guess it had some early influece – as it came a favorite later on.

  4. KC Lemson says:

    Jon: Haven’t had it yet, first flight is Wednesday. Wish me luck.

  5. Jon Galloway says:

    Good luck! You’ll be fine. I’ll say a little prayer you sit next to some nice Grandma…


  6. Don Tossell says:

    I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t know where I’ve been. I don’t even know how I got here! But I do know I have the same fond memories of mom, TV trays, and trek. Only mine date to Kirk and Spock. Star Trek is a mindset, a worldview. The actors, as in real life as well, change but the vision is unwavering.

    Live long and prosper…

  7. Dan_IT says:

    my daughter is nearly six and every monday we sit in front of the box eating homemade tortillas and mexibeans while we watch a movie.

    her current fad is pokemon which i actually seem to quite enjoy.

    contrary to your experience though i fully anticipate _her_ not to remember!


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