In the movie White Men Can’t Jump, there’s a slam that goes, “Your momma’s an astronaut.” It confused me when I saw the movie in 7th grade, but I assumed there was some kind of subtext or adult reference that was simply over my head. I figured I’d get the joke when I was a bit older. Now, I’m pretty sure that I’ve reached a maturity level where I should understand this joke, but it still does not land with me. Maybe it’s cultural relevancy, or maybe it simply sails over my head. To me, “your momma’s an astronaut” still seems like a compliment to your mother’s dedication to science and education.
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