Amelia Earhart’s adventurous escapades started early on in her childhood. The future pilot and her sister would run around the neighborhood getting into all kinds of mischief.
The fearless sister duo would go on all kinds of daring adventures such as hunting rodents, climbing trees, and sliding down hillsides.
A Star Is Born
In order to fully understand the story of Amelia Earhart, we need to go right back to the beginning. Amelia was born in 1897 to parents Amy and Edwin. She was delivered in her maternal grandfather’s home, federal judge Alfred Gideon Otis.
Amelia was the apple of their eyes after their first child was stillborn. Her younger sister Grace was her biggest fan and looked up to her.
Meeley and Pidge
As most children do, Amelia Earhart had a nickname. Her nickname lived on long into her adult years. Her friends and family would call her “Meeley” while her sister Grace was referred to as “Pidge”.
This was befitting of her mother’s parenting style. She wanted her kids to find what made them unique and live life by their own rules.
A Flight in Time
At a young age, Amelia's uncle had made a ramp for her that looked like one she had been on as a child. It was intended to be used as a mini rollercoaster. Earhart got injured one day and ripped her lip as she was leaping off the ramp.
After landing and getting back on her feet, she said to her little sister, “It’s just like flying!” She said the whole incident was exhilarating.
A Legend in the Making
Amelia Earhart’s nature was to be that of an independent woman. As a child, she had the courage to do things some children would never even try. She would hunt rats with a rifle and climb tall trees. She even made a scrapbook that only contained newspaper clippings about successful women.
She knew from the first time she got on a plane that she wanted to be a pilot. She flew for the first time in 1921 after initially working as a truck driver so she could pay off her own flying lessons.