Luisito and I roadtripped to Indianapolis this past weekend and, on the way, we played various car games. One of these car games was “The Trivia Game”. After asking Lewis several American history Q’s, I asked him what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most famous speech was. Lewis looked at me like I was an idiot.
“Really, mom? You think I don’t know that? Why are your questions so easy?” he asked.
“Ok,” I said. “What was is then?”
“I’m not even going to tell you,” he replied. “I’m gonna let you sit there and think I don’t know. Then I’m gonna tell you.”
This went on for several minutes and finally Lewis asked, “Are you ready for me to answer?”
“Go ahead,” I replied, already hearing the words “I Have a Dream” in my head.
“LET FREEDOM RING!” he yelled out.
“Um, no. Not so much,” I answered.
“Yes it is! Teacher said so,” came the indignant response. “Teacher said so” is said a lot in my house. However, 329 Agnes ain’t the classroom so “Mom said so” rules here. After briefly arguing with my child that “Let Freedom Ring” is not the speech people associate with the late and very great Dr. King, I told him the speech he is most known for is entitled, “I Have a Dream”.
“That is NOT his most famous speech,” Lewis informed me.
“Lewis, it IS his most famous speech. Trust me,” I said.
Lewis said: ” It is NOT his most famous speech because he only said it once.”
So much for the Gettysburg Address, Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech, the Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation, MacArthur’s Farewell Address to Congress – apparently, great leaders, it’s not that important if you only say it once.