Jack! Rose! Jack! Rose!

Fine. I admit it. I got all sucked into the spectacle of the James Cameron movie Titanic. But IN MY DEFENSE, I was laid off from corporate America at the time, in my late 20’s with no kids, thus was available to go sit in a dark theater and sob my eyes out when Leonardo DiCaprio sunk to the bottom of the sea. [Several times.] WHO CARES about all that insipid dialogue? Jack and Rose were young and in love.

But moreover, that ship was huge and amazing.

I started to read every single book about the disaster I could find, sucking up all the stories of the people who were on the ship, the ones who survived, the ones who didn’t, and the ones in between.

And kind of tucked all that in my memory banks till about a month ago when Declan and his friend got assigned the Titanic for a class project. The awesomely precocious friend who declared there was no God in Noodles & Company.

This was gonna be good.

All of a sudden, dinner was filled with facts about iron, rivets, death tolls, icebergs, ship hands, bulkheads and Molly Brown. More facts than I EVER learned during my first infatuation with the Titanic.

These kids were like bloodhounds, yo.

So, when Country Financial emailed me that their [free!] roving Titanic exhibit was coming to Colorado, I knew exactly who was coming with us. A huge trailer filled with treasures from the REAL Titanic? Right there in front of our faces? SWEET.

Here’s the thing. Near 7 year olds are bizarre. It is impossible to predict their behavior. Sure, they liked seeing all the cool artifiacts and reading the stories behind them. But their favorite part of the day? Adding up which classes had the most people who died and looking for names they knew among the dead. Oh, and making fart noises all the way home. THAT was a definite highlight. They also turned down the Cheesecake Factory after we were through the exhibit.

What PLANET are they from anyway?

This article has 14 comments

  1. Megan

    ha ha. I loved that movie too.

  2. Kerri Anne

    Titanic came out when I was a freshman in high school and I feel like now is as good a time as any to admit that I once typed out basically the entire movie word-for-word FROM MEMORY. I saw it (at least) five times in the theaters. I actually think I may still have those ticket stubs.

  3. Sizzle

    Turning down the Cheesecake Factory?! This is totally bizarre. Maybe cheesecake is too adult? I bet if it was ice cream they would have been all over it.

    I kind of love the Titanic movie.

  4. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Kerrianne, I love you more now than ever.

  5. zipper

    It cracks me up you saw that movie multiple times.

  6. Andy

    We saw the exhibit here at the Nature and Science museum and it was great! Is that the same one?

  7. Christy

    I loved the Titanic–no apologies! And my 12 year old likes to read anything she can get her hands on about it…but still (just like the near 7 year olds) is a bit obsessed with the death toll. ??

  8. daysgoby

    If you’re ever on this coast, Halifax has many of the graves of Titanic’s dead (including one J. Dawson) (although not THE J Dawson – he’s made up)in cemeteries here

    Very cool to walk through.


  9. Julie @ The Mom Slant

    I’m bummed that we didn’t make it to the exhibit. I would have totally gone for Cheesecake Factory afterward.

  10. Tree

    I find the story of the Titanic interesting and the exhibit we saw at the Museum of Science and Nature 1.5 yr ago was awesome! I stumbled upon my “person” from that exhibit when I was packing for LA a few weeks ago. I kept it, of course.

    Kids are hilarious.

  11. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    MB, that is hilarious!

  12. Michael

    Haha – fart noises on the way home. Truly the international language.

  13. MB

    we went to Disneyworld and my kid talks most about swimming in the pool at the hotel. I’m not surprised about the Cheesecake Factory thing…at all. 🙂

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