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.