The Dark Knight Gets His Butterfly On By Gena Oppenheim (Writer)
This summer, after a full day with some kiddos at the Natural History Museum, we decided the sensible way to end the day was in the Butterfly Room. If you haven’t experienced it yet, let’s just say it’s a tiny room that’s about 100 degrees and features every species of butterfly ever flying around a tropically themed room. It is also, possibly, the only exhibit where, before you exit, a docent instructs you to check inside your shirt to make sure you’re not taking an “artifact” home with me.
While ooing and ahhing an Owl Butterfly a little boy turned to me and loudly stated, "Batman's here!" I gently insisted that bats were a different species, and pointed at the lovely Swallowtail. The little boy then insisted, “Bat….man is here!” I was about to have a talk with him about “real and pretend” when the gentleman in front of us turned around and said hello. It was Batman, in the form of Christian Bale.
GENA OPPENHEIM Gena is a fourth generation New Yorker who teaches second-grade. She is a graduate of Barnard College and received her MFA from NYU Tisch's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. http://twitter.com/#!/genabeans