Sarah Meets Wayne Gretzky - And A Lifelong Dream Is Fulfilled
Sarah is so excited! Her whole body is jiggling up and down as she tells me, "Wayne Gretzky and Janet came right up to me. I told Janet I saw her in a movie while 'The Great One' gave me his autograph...
Sarah is so excited! Her whole body is jiggling up and down as she tells me, "Wayne Gretzky and Janet came right up to me. I told Janet I saw her in a movie while 'The Great One' gave me his autograph." I'm excited for Sarah! As her mother, I know that she has just received a lifelong dream--to get 'up close and personal' with her hero.
Sarah is my special daughter. When she was born, almost 25 years ago, the doctors told me she would never be able to live on her own. They said she was retarded and would not be able to do many of the things most people take for granted. Indeed, she has Down's syndrome, but the doctors were way off about her capabilities. She is a very independent young woman, has a job that pays 'real money', lives on her own and decorates her apartment to suit her tastes--with life-size Wayne Gretzky posters, two autographed photos, a huge LA Kings banner that she bought when he was with that team and tons of other Gretzky paraphernalia.
She has been a faithful fan of 'number 99'. She followed him from Edmonton, to LA to where ever her 'guy' was playing--glued to the TV during playoffs and proud each time his team won the Stanley Cup. She has made scrapbooks and written letters to let him know that she thinks he is the BEST!
So, is it any wonder that the Law of Attraction brought Wayne Gretzky to Victoria, BC? We first realized he was in town one Saturday night, when we read in the newspaper that he had played golf in a celebrity tournament. "Too bad we didn't realize Wayne would be in Victoria," I lamented, as we poured over the photo of him swinging his golf club. We both assumed we had missed a golden opportunity to see him in person.
But the next morning, as I walked through the Inner Harbor, I noticed an abundance of expensive cars and limos waiting in front of the Empress Hotel. It took me a couple of minutes to figure it out--that the vehicles were waiting to take all the celebrities to the airport--but once I did, I knew exactly what action to take.
Using my cell phone, I called Sarah and told her, "If you want to see Wayne Gretzky, throw on some clothes and ride your bike down here as fast as you can. And bring paper and pen to get his autograph." I continued walking to my destination--saying a little prayer, "Please, keep Wayne from leaving until Sarah can get there." I'm sure she was 'flying' as fast as she could pedal.
Later she told me that Wayne and his family came out of the Empress Hotel right at the same moment she arrived on her bike. He was working the crowd and walked right up to her, asked her name, signed his autograph while Sarah made mention of Janet's part in a movie.
I asked her, "Sarah, was it as good has you had imagined? Or better?"
"Better," she grinned. "Much better than I ever imagined."
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