The Fun in Star Wars

My 7 year old son recently reached a nice reading goal at school, and I rewarded him by renting Star Wars for him. I have never seen such gratitude from my son, who leaped onto me while thanking me profusely. Now, those that know me know that I am absolutely no fan of George Lucas. In fact, I could be characterized at times as actively hostile. However, I refrained from poisoning my son’s opinion, and let him and his sister watch it. It’s really been great to see them enjoying it. They know of Anakin Skywalker and know that he’s Luke’s father, and they know that Darth Vader killed Anakin…but they don’t KNOW. I’m going to get ESB very soon so that none of their friends spoil it for them. My son is currently in his room, playing the Star Wars theme on his stereo too loudly and singing along with it (dunh dunh dunh duuuuuunh duuunh, dunh dunh dunh DUUUUUUUNH duuunh…) and laying in the floor playing with my old old Star Wars figures…from when I was just about his age… Anyway, it’s not that I can’t enjoy playing with Star Wars figures, too.

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