Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Believe it or not, Oprah has brought me a few memories.

I used to come home and watch Oprah with my mom nearly every day after school, especially in middle school. She always took a nap around that time because she was drained from teaching all day. So I'd plop on her floor and we'd watch Oprah together as she rested and drifted in and out of sleep. I loved Oprah and all she did for people, and I loved having some time with my mom.

I had to miss Oprah a lot in high school because of sports practices, but by the time I was a junior and senior I didn't play sports during the year and was able to tune into my favorite talk show. It became a bit of a joke amongst my friends how much I loved Oprah- especially in my senior year.

As snow started to fall around the ground during my senior year of high school, I decided I really wanted to meet Oprah. My friends wanted this too, and we knew we'd have to be creative. So we decided to make a video. And I tell ya, that video was quality. We got several different people involved in this little project- from students to teachers to maintence men. The Mercyaires, a choir group at Mercy, even changed the words to "All I Want For Christmas" by Mariah Carey to "all she wants for Christmas is to meet you" and performed it on the video. Several of my friends did short dedications, talking about why I should get to meet Oprah. Our dean of students, notirious for riding a motorized scooter down the hallways of Mercy, was the final person seen on the video. She just zoomed up to the camera and gave Oprah a stern talking to. We filmed for two or three weeks and had an amazing time doing it.

We mailed the video in December and then we all went off on our Christmas breaks. In January, we went back to school and waited- anxiously. We hadn't heard anything by late January but figured it would take a few months before we would. So in the meantime, we decided to throw a birthday party for Oprah. I'm not kidding.  We took any excuse to throw a party and this seemed like a great idea. So on January 29th all my friends gathered in my basement and we played games, watched movies, laughed, and ate a Costco cake that did, in fact, say Happy Birthday Oprah! on it. We did not mess around. I have pictures from that night somewhere at my parents house. It was a wonderful evening with my friends, and we talked about it for weeks and weeks after.

I never got to meet Oprah. We never even got a response from our video... But we had so much fun doing it that we got over it pretty fast. It was one of my favorite memories from senior year.


Samantha May said... Add Reply

Too bad you didn't get a response!

I've never really watched her show, but I've always been super impressed with how successful she is. It just goes to show that you really can rise from the bottom.

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said... Add Reply

Aw I wish you had gotten a response! I was always working or in school or at practices so never really got to watch, but I love the shows I did catch- especially her favorite things!

Dee @ A Deecoded Life said... Add Reply

Too cute! Too bad you didn't get a response though. If this had happened today you could at least have uploaded the vid on Youtube so we can also watch it.

~ D is for Deecoded ~

Rob-bear said... Add Reply

Wow! You sure put a serious amount of time into your project. Well done! And you didn't get even a "thank you for your submission" note. In "the olden days," that would have been considered bad manners.Today, not so much; in fact, not at all. Sigh!

Blessings and Bear hugs!
Bears Noting

Unknown said... Add Reply

Fun story! Would have been exciting had she acknowledged your video somehow!



Sarah Allen said... Add Reply

Those memories with mom are the best :) For me its Chopped and American Idol.

Sarah Allen
(From Sarah, With Joy)

Unknown said... Add Reply

That is so cool that you had a birthday party for Oprah. That makes me smile. I should have birthday parties for Bono from now on!

Tracy Moore said... Add Reply

Cool story! Do wish that someone had gotten back to you though. Bet the video was awesome. :)

JennaQuentin said... Add Reply

Aww. Send her a tweet with a link to this post. You never know, something might come of it!!!