Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

The Story Of An Ocean, A Tragedy, and A Museum

When you’re a member of the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, there’s lots of amazing things that happen like yesterday’s Coffee Talk that was sponsored by the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.  This was a educational kind of Coffee Talk for me, so my mom got permission to let me come with her yesterday before going to school (I got there late, but it was with the principal’s permission).  When I get permission to go to a Coffee Talk and get to school late, I have to do a special presentation on what I learned, and that’s a superly great deal for everybody because that means I’m kind of like the in-between person for the local attraction or business and all of the kids in my class.

IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE:  All of the pictures in this blog entry got taken by people that work at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce office.   Zero zip pictures got taken by me because I forgot to bring my camera with me, and my mom said if we went back to the house for it, we would be way late for the special presentation.

If you maybe don’t know about this superly famous ship, it was supposed to be the most amazing ship that ever got built, and it was not supposed to sink … except that on April 15 in 1912 it did sink and way lots of people died which is so sad.  Before it started sailing across the Atlantic to come to America, everyone was talking about it because it was the most amazing ship ever.  Here’s a poster of Titanic.

The Titanic was the biggest and most luxurious passenger that ever got built up until 1912. Everyone said it was unsinkable, and that’s because the way it got it built, there were 16 compartments, and even if 4 of them got flooded, 12 not-flooded compartments were enough for the Titanic to still be fine.

But when the Titanic hit a iceberg late at night, there was so much damage on the starboard side where it hit the iceberg, that 5 compartments got flooded, and with 5 compartments flooded, the Titanic was not fine and started to sink.

More than 1,500 people died and about 700 people survived. Most of the survivors were women and children, so a lot of dads and brothers and grandpas and uncles and boy cousins died. So did a lot of moms and sisters and grandmas and aunts and girl cousins.

At Coffee Talk yesterday, the people of the Titanic Museum made the lobby of the Civic Center look like people were going to go on a trip because they had this in the front lobby.

Then we got to go into the main area, and it was decorated like we were going into the fancy dining area of the Titanic with beautiful tablecloths and flower arrangements and decorations and stuff like that.  It really set the right kind of mood for the presentation the people of the Titanic Museum planned for Coffee Talk.

The stage was decorated with life jackets and luggage.


When the presentation started, First Class Maid Jodi got to dress up and pretend to be Molly Brown.  She was a very famous lady that was on the Titanic and she survived.  She even got named the Unsinkable Molly Brown.  Here’s how come she got that name.  It was because Molly Brown helped got people off the Titanic when it was sinking, and then when she was in one of the lifeboats (they put her in Lifeboat 6), she grabbed hold of a oar and told everybody they had to go back and save more people.  Some people didn’t want to go back because they were scared (and I would have been way scared, too, if that happened to me).

Then when the Carpathia came hours and hours later to save people, Molly Brown helped people that were survivors from the Titanic.  Just so you know, she was born in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867 so she was 45 years old when she was on the Titanic, so she wasn’t grandma old but she was more than mom old.

The presentation was about the life jackets and the survivors.

I learned a lot about the tennis star that was going to America to attend Harvard.  I learned a lot about the lady that played the violin with her sisters.  I learned a lot about the Colonel that wrote a book about the night the Titanic sank.  I learned a lot about the conductor of the orchestra and the musicians that were part of his group.

But most of all, I learned a lot about how things in the past have a very long-lasting effect on people, and how important it is to remember people that survive and people that pass, because as long as you remember all of them, they live forever in your heart.

I think everybody needs to go to the Titanic Museum when the life jackets get there on July 1, and find out about all the people that were on the Titanic when it was trying to get to America.  Maybe it will make you sad (probably it will) but it will also make you appreciate everybody you love.


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Welcome to 2019 Everybody!

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to pay way more better attention to my blog.  I kind of slipped a bit in December and that’s mostly because I was superly crazy busy this year with all kinds of neat Christmas stuff including volunteering at places to make Christmas bright for everybody, not just me and my family members.

Something I like to do is to let people know I appreciate them and what they do, so one of the things I did this year was to give a great big humongous Missy Barrett style thank you to three superly special people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce that do so much for a lot of people, and not just for Chamber members.  They’re the kind of people that are just loving people and if you ask them a question, they do their hugest best to give you the right answer.  If they don’t know the right answer, they find out who probably for sure has the right answer, and then they either phone them and ask the question, or they tell you who to call to get the right answer.

Now the people I’m talking about are people that hardly ever get too much recognition and that’s because they’re kind of quiet about what they do.  I don’t mean what they do is a secret.  I mean they just don’t make a big deal about what they do when they’re busy doing their jobs, so most people pretty much don’t get how much work they do.  It’s a whole bunch and I know because when I go in there, nobody’s just sitting around doing nothing.  They’re always working but they are not so busy that they don’t stop and say hi to me when I come over there with my mom, and they are not so busy they don’t stop and listen to my questions and work at finding out the right answer for me.

Anyway, my mom and both my grandmas say that things that come from the heart make the best surprises, and I wanted to surprise these people I’m talking about.   My one grandma is a amazing baking grandma, and she knows how to make so many things I never heard of before it’s crazy.  She even knows how to make things from Canada (because my grandpa is from Canada and plus he’s a Mohawk) like fry bread and bannock and Nanaimo bars and butter tarts and other yummy stuff like that.  Someday I want to know how to make everything she knows how to make, so she’s teaching me how to make some of those things already.

So, I spent time in the kitchen with my grandma making delicious treats for people I wanted to surprise, and one of those people were three people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.  I didn’t want their surprises to get wrecked when they took them home from work, so my mom helped me pack them with tissue paper in the kind of boxes you can put desserts inside of and not have to worry the box is going to bust open and everything falls out (because that would be superly sad if that happened).

Maybe you can guess the three people at the Chamber that got surprise Christmas treat boxes from me, but if you cannot, here’s a picture of them.

That’s Ms. Emily Murgolo (she’s the Administrative Coordinator) and Phil Word (he’s the Information Specialist) and David Stanfill (he’s the Membership Coordinator).

One thing my mom taught me is that sometimes people are working so hard for everyone else that other people kind of don’t really think of what they do every day to help them, but not me because I’m a kid and I know what it’s like when all your hard work gets missed by grown-ups.  I even know what it’s like when grown-ups say what you do isn’t really important and make you feel stupid for thinking you did something they should know about.

So this year, my other New Year’s resolution is to keep on recognizing the good things people do because you never know when that recognition is going to make their day.  Maybe even their whole entire week!

P.S.  If you want to know what the yummy surprises in the Christmas boxes were, you need to go to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (they’re at 110 Gary Wade Boulevard, where City Hall is and the Civic Center and not so far away from the police station) and ask them.

P.P.S.  If you have a business and you are not a member, you need to ask them for a information package about being a Chamber member.  My mom is a member (for a long time already now) and I’m a member because I plan on being a undercover supersleuth private eye detective when I grow up and I’m already working on solving not-so-big crimes.  If you’re interested in hiring me, you need to talk to my mom first because she makes those kinds of decisions for me.

P.P.P.S.  Watch for the first book in my Detective series coming out in April.  It’s called “The Case of the Vanishing Valise.”

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