Have you heard of Nellie Bly?
Or I should say, Elizabeth Cochrane- her real name.
Until my daughter received a puzzle/board game called
"Round the World with Nellie Bly" for Christmas,
(thanks Aunt Jaime), I hadn't.
She was an amazing woman.
Someone I wish I'd learned about earlier in life.
In 1889, when she was 25, she set sail from New York
in an attempt to travel around the globe in less than 80 days-
hoping to beat Jules Verne's character, Phileas Fogg.
She returned a national hero, after 73 days.
In a time when women were expected to be mother's and wives,
silent and obeying, darning socks while barefoot in the kitchen...
she was a journalist.
A fierce, hard-investigating journalist using the pseudonym Nellie Bly.
She faked insanity to get a story from inside an asylum.
Her story brought attention to the cruelty of life inside.
It also brought money
and a transformation of the rules regarding patients and their needs.
Whoa Nellie...is that where that saying comes from?
Nope, just looked it up- that Nellie is Roy Rogers horse.
If you'd like to read more about Nellie Bly,
PBS has a short recap of her astounding accomplishments and life.
It took Ella and I an hour and a half to finish the puzzle.
The board game, eh, I'm pretty sure it wasn't error checked.
When you land on a certain square it says, "Go back 5 spaces".
Okay, when you go back 5 spaces it says, "Go forward 5 spaces".
Sam and Grandma Carla were stuck there for a hilariously long time.
Oh well, the game is a bust.
Ella and I had fun putting the puzzle together.
And a big bonus was learning about such an incredible, fascinating, strong woman.