January 22, 2008

The Oatmeal Patriot

Just so you know… I’m the geek in the family, the straightman to both my brother and my sister.

A little background history. Any parent who has many children, in particular teenage children is going to get this. Any child who has a couple siblings will get it as well.

I was 14, a freshman in high school, my brother, TN, was in 7th grade (frickin’ Middle School) and Morrigan was in 3rd grade. I got up at 6AM every morning to shower and get ready for school. My Mom got up EVERY morning with us, even us ungrateful 14 year olds. We ate breakfast in shifts, as our schools all started at different times. I was first shift.

One cold winter morning, she got up and prepared me a bowl of oatmeal. I will tell you now… I hate soggy bread. I don’t do gravy on bread, I don’t do much syrup on pancakes, I hate mushy bread. And oatmeal equates to… soggy bread.

I looked at the bowl and said, “I don’t like oatmeal…” to which she replied, “Of course you like oatmeal.”

So now you get it… it’s a 14 year old daughter, a tired mother, 6:30 in the morning and… a full on fight ensues as to whether or not I like oatmeal. And as I grabbed my books to storm out of the house, she yelled, “I made it for you yesterday morning and you told me how much you LOVED it!” to which I retorted, “NO YOU DID NOT! I HATE OATMEAL!” and I stomped out of the house.

Well… it was my sister who loves oatmeal and my sister she had served it to the morning before and my sister who had carried on about how she loved it. Honestly, first clue that she may have had the wrong child should actually have been the fact I was 14, and really didn’t love ANYTHING.

And for the record, we joke about this all the time. We laugh about it. Its kind of one of those family jokes.

Flash forward to today, Mo and I get an email from our bro telling us that Heath Ledger is dead. I have posted in the past before about how it is not uncommon for us all to email as a family and there can be a huge multi hour email chain, with everyone doing a ‘reply all’ and carrying on about whatever the topic happens to be.

And this is pretty much what happened.

Me: Who is Heath Ledger?

Morrigan: What freakish rock do you live under? Really? Really?

TN: Actor. Wasn't sure if you knew of him or not. I *did* know Mo had heard of him. He was in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN.

(Give my bro credit there… he understands my rock. He scored major points on that one…)

Morrigan: You would have seen him in the Patriot or Monster's Ball. Your sons might have seen Knight's Tale.

Me: It is a VERY LARGE freakish rock. I thought we went to high school with him, then I realized that was Heath O*****.

Morrigan: Oh for the love of God.
You saw the Patriot- it had Mel Gibson in it. Heath was his son

TN: Yup, you saw THE PATRIOT. Remember, your husband taped it and we watched it in Pensacola? And the last 20 or so minutes didn't tape? That was fun.

Morrigan: He's in the Batman that's coming out in July. He plays the Joker.

Me: Ummm... I didn't see Patriot. MY HUSBAND, not to be confused with the wife who has a set of tits and longer hair, saw it.

Morrigan: Honestly Bou- I thought this was one of you fave movies- are you sure you don't remember it?

Me: SWEAR to God and I don't like oatmeal either.

Morrigan: YES YOU DO!!!! *handing you a large bowl of oatmeal and sitting you in front of your favorite movie, The Patriot*

TN: Bwahahahahahahaha!

And it just went from there, somehow moving into the fact I didn’t know who some guy named Terry Gilliam is.

Some days it is tough to be me. Mostly… it is really tough to be my Mom. Heh heh heh!

Posted by Boudicca at January 22, 2008 09:12 PM | TrackBack

My parents do the same thing. My dad will be like, "remember when Sissy did this..." and it was never me, it was Am. That, and since he can't keep our names straight, we are all numbers: #1, #2, and #3.

On another note, I had the biggest crush on Heath Ledger since 10 Things I Hate About You. Sad news...

Posted by: Sissy at January 22, 2008 09:47 PM

I've not seen one of his movies. I went through the list and I was like, "Nope, nope, nope... never heard of that..." As a matter of fact, we saw the preview for the new Batman movie a couple weeks ago while in the theater and I turned to my husband and said, "And who in the HELL did they get to play Joker? Don't they usually get someone famous?" He just kind of looked at me.

Big Big Rock. Big. VERY BIG.

Posted by: Bou at January 22, 2008 10:24 PM

Heheheh... I was grinning as I read this until I read those horrible words: "I didn’t know who some guy named Terry Gilliam is."

Not only is that not funny, it's just not right!!!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at January 22, 2008 10:37 PM

Oh its been righted! I think there was a pause before I got a response from TN. Honestly though, I'm just not always so good with names. As soon as he said, "Monty Python" then it clicked. Well... the name didn't, but the possibility of potential faces did.

I so suck at all things media like...

Posted by: Bou at January 22, 2008 10:45 PM

"I so suck at all things media like...", yep you're your father's daughter.

Posted by: mom at January 22, 2008 11:23 PM

BTW, Heath O, he's doing OK, saw him the other day....

No problem there...


Posted by: P'cola Titan at January 23, 2008 12:28 AM

That's quite the rock Bou! Being an Aussie boy, I know he is huge here, but I thought he'd made a big impact over in the US too! Heath's death has been major news here all day, very very sad to hear of his untimely death.

Posted by: Fleat at January 23, 2008 04:06 AM

If it makes you feel any better... I love Monty Python, have seen just about everything they have made and still couldn't figure out where I had heard Terry Gilliam from. My rock is just about as big as yours. But... I live with a man that if you quote a line in a movie can tell you the name of the actor, the actor's name in the movie and the movie. Ugh.

Posted by: vw bug at January 23, 2008 06:16 AM

My oldest sister and I both have birthdays in October. My mom called me one year and wished me happy birthday on my sister's birthday. Right day, wrong kid.

Posted by: sticks at January 23, 2008 06:51 AM

Mom- I know. And you know what? I actually thought I'd be the most like Nana. I'm the one that used to watch all the movies with her and I LOVE going to the movies. But alas... that stupid name and face thing was not something I got from her. :(

PT- I hadn't thought of him in years. I kissed that boy. He was a sweetie. heh.

Fleat- Oh don't use me as a yardstick to the American public! I'm not so swift. I will say that looking at the news, he was VERY big here... very very big. Its a real tragedy. Evidently he had a 2 year old... that is what is so sad.

VW- Oh my hubby too! He has a movie COLLECTION! We have arguments about who certain people are. I'll get all adament that I'm right only for him to shake his head when I'm wrong... again.

Sticks- OH bonus for me. Morrigan's bday is in February! Heh!

Posted by: Bou at January 23, 2008 07:05 AM

As it turns out neither Terry Gilliam nor Heath Ledger has had the slightest influence on my life. Is there a reason I should know who they are?

Posted by: Angus of Argyle at January 23, 2008 08:45 AM

Bou- You kissed Heath? when? How do I not remember that. He was HOT!

PT- We grew up with that family down the street- how is the younger bro Shane?

Posted by: Morrigan at January 23, 2008 08:58 AM

I worked in a video store when I was a teenager and watched nearly every movie in the place. I am fairly good with names and faces. I did know Heath Ledger and Terry Gilliam.

I am surprised you have not seen the Patriot or the Knights Tale. Both great movies. Oh, and just the fact you didn't know him from all the Brokeback Mountain hype. That made me laugh.

Posted by: oddybobo at January 23, 2008 01:54 PM

Terry Gilliam I know although I don't know if I could pick him out of a picture - I know his name and I know him in context of Monty Python.

As for Heath - what a shame. I don't think I've seen any of the movies he's been in - then again I don't see many movies so that's not an oddity. (well I think I might have seen Knights Tale... but I'm not sure) It's just a very sad story.

Posted by: Teresa at January 23, 2008 02:05 PM

I didn't know who Heath Ledger was either and I saw that movie although I drew the line on the Broke Back sheepherders..

Posted by: GUYK at January 23, 2008 04:12 PM

I think I live under the same rock as Bou...except I must be closer to the edge of it because I at least knew who Terry Gilliam is!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at January 23, 2008 09:58 PM

I never knew Shane, I recognized Heath at a restaurant and we spoke briefly, that was it.



Posted by: P'cola Titan at January 25, 2008 09:51 AM

My mom used to make us eat Cream of Wheat. I hate that stuff. She said it would stick to your ribs. Yeah, that crap dries like cement.

Posted by: Peggy U at January 25, 2008 01:09 PM