Friday, July 5, 2013

why green girl's sons will get a crash course in history this month

Last night, after the fireworks and grilling and swimming, the kids clustered 'round the bonfire to roast marshmallows and make s'mores.  ("S'more?  S'more of what?"  bonus points if you can name that movie reference, reader.)  Mr. D then asked Mr. B if he knew what we were celebrating.

Mr. B:  (confidently) Our independence.

Mr. D:  That's right.  Our independence from who?

Mr. B:  Aliens.





Mr. B thinks Will Smith is the hero of Independence Day, that we're celebrating a holiday based on a movie that may or may not be something that happened in real life because we're talking about a kid who believes sincerely in the possibility of a zombie apocalypse.  This horrified me, and I told Mr. D as much. 

Green Girl:  (fervently) I have to teach these kids this stuff.  Today's about the Declaration of Independence!  America declaring itself free to self-govern and be its own nation!

Mr. D:  Don't forget about World War II.  And World War I.  Those guys fought for our independence, too.  Otherwise we'd be speaking German right now.

Green Girl:  !?  (bangs forehead against picnic table)

 


21 comments:

  1. Don't feel too bad. Did you see the montage of facebook statuses in which people were celebrating America's "2013th" birthday?

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    1. Please tell me you're making that up.

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    2. I so wish I could ...

      i cry at the ignorance exhibited-I hadda move to Berkeley to stand to talk to anyone.

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  2. Declaration of Independence? Who cares when I can watch Will Smith and Harry Connick, Jr., swagger across the desert?

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  3. Hahaha! There must be a good boy-friendly film about the ACTUAL independence story, surely? We are totally there with you about zombies. We have an actual Ministry of Defence ration pack left over from one of Chas' RAF camps, and they've stashed it in a cupboard with an axe and a notice: "In case of zombie apocalypse or other upsetting scenario".

    I am totally not making this up.

    Will Smith - *swooooon*

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  4. Wow --I LOVE that Mr. B thought we were celebrating our independence from aliens! I love that movie too. Really, that was a fabulous exchange.

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  5. Independence from aliens.

    *snicker*

    I love it.

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  6. I have felt your pain.

    Still.... the aliens comment is hilarious!

    PS: Check out School House Rock videos.

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  7. Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Aliens...

    I almost had the family convinced to visit Roswell for their freak show...I mean festival yesterday. Just felt a little odd celebrating alien landings on the 4th of July. But hey, at least your kiddos not alone ;)

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  8. Sweet Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.....I have to get myself back to their house and give them some learning. That makes my history heart Hurt a little. We will finish our lesson with some clips from the patriot, and enjoy watching Heath ledger save the Carolina's from king George's tyranny.

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  9. You should come back out our way and hit all the sights. Crash course in American history! Or maybe Philly...

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  10. Time to read a little historical fiction (Johnny Tremain, perhaps?) and differentiate fact from fiction. In the meantime, if you predict more banging head on furniture or walls, stock up on anti-inflammatories and painkillers. Really.

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  11. I have this fabulous little "B" movie on DVD called "Spirit of '76". It was directed by Roman Coppola & Lucas Reiner - the plot is that all recorded history is lost in the future and time travelers are sent back to find the constitution. They land on July 4, 1976 instead of 1776 and it goes from there....staring David Cassidy & Leif Garret, with cameos by Carl & Rob Reiner, Tommy Chong, Moon Unit Zappa and more....It's a fun little 4th of July movie without alien invasion references - just lots of good 70's memories.

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  12. Today's kids (in the Netherlands too) know little about history like we used to do. Possibly it's up to the parents now to make sure the story gets told straight. But maybe some of your commenters are right and you just need to get a couple of movies for him to watch.

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  13. Wait it was aliens...I mean they were British...from another country and all ;D

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  14. Hell this Aussie girl knows what your Independence Day is about and has nothing to do with aliens but have to give Mr B "A" for remembering a bloody awesome movie.....

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  15. This made me laugh out loud ... mostly because I know you have it under control.

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  16. ah, a summer header picture, i was wondering when :)

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  17. Hahahaha!! As much as I love that movie, perhaps one channel could show something else, just to give us the option of seeing something true? History channel, are you listening?

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