I am certainly a girly mommy...but I have a major obsession with World War II history. We're talking absolute fanatic. I'd rather watch anything - fictional or not - based on WWII than almost anything else I could think of, (except maybe the Redskins playing a winning game.) You'd think that would make me a husband's dream...except I'm more into this stuff than he is! :-P I am geeked out beyond belief to watch the premiere of The Pacific on HBO tonight, (a miniseries like Band of Brothers, about the Pacific theatre instead of Europe,) but JB went out tonight to see a buddy. I'm sorry - nothing would pull me away from my TV for this. :-D
My obsession stems from:
#1 - Being a total, life-long history buff! ALL history! My favorite subject, (along with geography & sociology - so the total "social studies" package.)
#2 - Being a German major in college got me really into Germany's perspective in WWII
And #3 is the biggie - my dad (yes, dad - not grandfather; he was quite a bit older than my mom) was in the Navy in WWII. He flew in airplanes over the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. He passed away 13 years ago next month (that number seems impossible...) before movies like Saving Private Ryan came out and before veterans really started speaking openly about their experiences. That generation just did their duty, sucked it up, moved on, and didn't speak of the past; but it absolutely shaped who they were, and it breaks my heart that we never got to sit down and have him tell me everything before he died. He didn't talk about it, and at the time, I didn't know enough to ask. I can't stand now that I don't know all that I could about what he did, saw, & felt; what he experienced & how it changed his life...b/c I know it did. How could something like that not???
When you know you're missing information on someone whose blood you share, it never stops nagging you. I hate that there's so much I don't know and didn't get to learn from him, but I guess I feel like I gain some more insight with each one of these shows or movies. I know my obsession will never be quelled. It fascinates me beyond words!