Levi and I were coming home from Church (he had AWANA and I had a book study, so Husby was home with Ezra), and we were rushed before we left and so we stopped for supper on our way home. Of course, we went to Chick-Fil-A. We were sitting in the drive-thru line and Levi said, "Mommy, I wonder who made the United States of American flag?" (He never calls it the flag. It's always the United States of American flag. Ha!)
I told him who made the first one and all that I knew about the history of our great flag. He listened quietly and proudly said, "I'm gonna tell Daddy that when we get home!"
We walked inside, settled in with our chicken and french fries and Levi said, "hey Daddy, I know who made the first United States of American flag."
Beaming from the couch at the wonderful new factoid that I taught our little boy, knowing in my heart that Husby was going to be so proud of him, I grinned from ear to ear as he confidently said ...
"Louisa May Alcott."
Husby stared blankly and said, "No she didn't".
"YES SHE DID!" I screamed, astonished that he was questioning this.
Levi piped in, "Yes, Daddy. She did. Mommy said."
"No. She did not."
"Look it up!"
He grabbed his phone and I hurriedly grabbed mine trying to beat him to the punch.
Yeah, um ... so ... she wrote Little Women.
When I saw the words "Betsy Ross", I started laughing so hard that I could NOT regain composure. I mean, I was done for. Absolutely dying. Choking on chicken and shooting Diet Coke out of my nose - dying.
I bet Betsy was a little woman, and word on the street is that Louisa was extremely patriotic. And so that kind of makes them the same person. Right?
Levi was looking at both of us like we had completely lost it and I was rolling around gasping for breath and wiping my tears. I have absolutely no idea why or how I got the two confused, but my poor kid will probably forever think that Louisa May Alcott made the first flag.
Husby just shook his head as I grabbed Levi and told him about Betsy, trying to undo everything I had just done. Levi was just happy that her name was so easy to say.
But, in my defense, there is no archival evidence that Betsy Ross was the one to make the flag ... so ya know, I bet ole Louisa did it after all. Writin' stories, sewin' flags ... all when she was like 3. She was one magnificent woman, that Louisa.
So, ah-hmm, yeah. Not my brightest moment, but goodness, one of my funniest.
Who wants to come teach my child history?