Aaron always jokes with me that he’s not sure how I made it out of high school and then on to graduate from college because ever so often I ask questions about things that I surely should have learned throughout my 18 years of schooling. Something will be said and I’ll have no idea what anyone’s talking about. Or I’ll ask questions that I was probably taught the answer to in 9th grade science. Now that I have a fourth grader every once in a while he’ll ask me a question and I honestly look at him as though he’s speaking another language because to me it sounds so foreign. It’s kinda funny.
A few years ago Aaron was out of town and so I decided to sit down on the couch for a movie night all by my lonesome. This was back in the day when you actually received disks in the mail from Netlix and our latest arrival had been waiting on me to watch for a week. I settled into the couch with my movie and enjoyed the night. I had chosen Amelia, which is based on the American legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. I loved this movie and found myself cheering her on as she attempted to be the first woman to fly around the world. I was literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. I was so proud of her and certain that she was going to make it. Seriously it was as if this was the first time I had ever heard this story.
Well, actually it was. Y’all I had no idea. She’s on her adventure, and she’s gonna do it. I can feel it in my bones. Then all of a sudden she goes missing. Amelia Earhart didn’t make it. She went missing and probably died over the Pacific. After I dried my tears I immediately called Amy and our coversation went something like this.
Me: (in distress) Did you know about Amelia?
Amy: (very confused) Who? Are you crying?
Me: Amelia Earhart. Did you know about her?
Amy: Yeah she died.
Me: What? You knew this? How did I not know this? Did no one tell me?
Amy: Of course you knew this. Everyone knows this. What are you doing?
Me: I just watched a movie about a woman named Amelia Earhart and she died. She never made it. I never knew!
Amy: You are crazy! I gotta go someone’s peeing in the family room. Oh and by the way just in case you don’t know this, the Titanic sinks and Jack never makes it. Bye.
Me: Okay. Seriously why did no one tell me this.
Y’all I watched the whole movie and never knew about this so called legendary pilot Amelia Earhart. I’m certain I must have been absent this day in high school, because this seems like a person I would have loved to know about.
Last week the kids were watching a movie and it made a comment about a pilot named Amelia and Cayden asked me who they were talking about. Y’all I was so proud to be able to tell him all about her. It was as if we were personal friends. I beamed with pride as I told him all the facts I knew, which all came from a Hollywood movie, so clearly they were all accurate.
So, if you are thinking about watching the movie, spoiler alert — she doesn’t make it. You probably knew that, but no one gave me the memo.