Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Force Lives On

One of the things I love as a parent is introducing my kids to the things that I loved when I was younger. Growing up, I was a huge Star Wars fan. I was really too young to see Star Wars when it first came out, but by the time The Empire Strikes Back came out, I was totally into it. Over the last couple of weeks I've had the chance to relive my childhood through the eyes of my girls. They decided that they wanted to see the Star Wars trilogy, and I was more than happy to oblige. I guess the fact that they are getting older and hearing about it from their friends made them curious to know what all of the fuss was about. They have always been so scared of any costumes or creatures, I'm glad that they're growing out of that stage. Anyway, it was so fun to see them experience these movies for the first time. I forgot about some of the great quotes Yoda has while training Luke. "Try not. There is no try. Do or do not." I've already reminded one of my girls of that one. Or, Luke: "I don't believe it." Yoda: "That is why you fail." But my favorite momemt of all came at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. Luke and Darth are fighting and this exchange takes place:

Darth Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.

Luke: He told me enough. He told me you killed him!

Darth Vader: No. I am your father.

Luke: NOOOOOOOO!!!

My girls were stunned. They asked, "Is it true??" "Can it be?" I said, "We'll have to watch the next movie to see for sure." They wanted to go to Blockbuster right then to see how it turned out. Sydney and I kept acting out the scene the next day. She always made me do the Vader voice. When we finally did get to see "Return of the Jedi" and they found out that Luke and Leia were siblings they said, "You mean Luke kissed his sister?!" I just couldn't believe how much fun it was watching these with my kids! I've already made them sit through ET. I think Raiders of the Lost Ark is next on the nostalgia train.


3 comments:

Amy said...

Mark-
I could so relate and laugh at this. My husband, Scott, is a huge Star Wars fan and he already had the girls started.

Been keeping up with you via the blog. Glad that all is well with you in Texas.

Amy S.

Mark Lunsford said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks for the comment! I saw your post about the Florida spring. Texas is not exactly Florida, but the Spring has been really nice too! Keep in touch!

Beth said...

Oh, this is killing me! Our lives are so parallel right now! My kids are WAY into Star Wars, E.T. and as of this week - Indiana Jones. We had some of the same moments with SW - "he kissed his sister???? EW!" Ha ha ha

We went to eat after church today and some dude came in the restaurant with a big floppy black cowboy-ish hat on and Luke yelled out really loud "Look, mom! It's Indiana Jones!" I was so proud/horrified at the same time.

I'm enjoying your blog!