Oedipus Rex: How to Appreciate your Mother

Edith "Babycheeks" Hamilton

Anything and everything I know about Greece is from mythology.  When I was but a young, impressionable lass, my parents used to coerce me into reading for a half hour before bed in order to help mold me into the genius I am today.  Upon my mother’s instruction, I read a picture book about the gods and goddesses of Olympus.  It quickly became my favorite book.  However, I soon graduated from picture books to anthologies of Greek myth.  I have read Edith Hamilton’s Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes so many times that the pages are falling out.  When I was in eighth grade, I was thrilled to learn that we would be studying Ancient Greece, mythology included.  I’m sure that I impressed and awed my peers with my extensive knowledge and my incessant hand-raising.  I was totally that kid who pointed out inaccuracies in other kid’s god or goddess projects.  I did my project on Hera and I don’t know why because I don’t particularly like Hera. Needless to say, I received an A plus  on my mythology project. So there you have it. I am and have always been a mythology snob.

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