I didn’t grow up with Star Wars in my life. The only contact I had with Star Wars growing up was from my cousins; Ben grew up on it and he had the lightsabers, posters and lego sets in his room. That was the only way I knew about Star Wars.
And I didn’t know much. Star Wars was a weird movie that happened in outer space with weird looking creatures. I thought Yoda was a six foot monster after seeing a huge poster of him and I had no recollection of hearing anything about Darth Vadar, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca.. not anyone. I didn’t know Darth Vadar was Luke’s father, or that Leia was Luke’s sister, or that Han was going to be frozen in carboniate: I didn’t know how anything worked out.
Star Wars was just another movie for grownups to watch.
New Year’s Eve of last had us happily sitting around the living room talking about how late we were going to stay up; we figured we see a Charlie Chan movie and maybe a John Wayne movie to help us stay awake for midnight. I had just set up my fresh new blog and written my first blog post and was all excited about that. We had all our party food and were ready to ring in the New Year.
And than Dad came out of the workroom carrying a VHS tape. “What are we watching, Dad?”
“We’re going to see the first Star Wars movie.”
Kayla and I didn’t see that coming.
I remember sitting down in the rocking chair as the movie started. My mind slowly turned to jelly as the film progressed. This was unlike anything I’d ever seen in my entire life, and it wasn’t anything like I had imagined!
The moment I knew Star Wars was going to be AWESOME (all caps worthy ‘AWESOME’) was when Han Solo slid across the bench and introduced himself. “Han Solo. I’m captain of the Millennium Falcon.”
THIS. WAS. SO. AWESOME.
Yes. Han Solo was the immediate hooker. It only got better from there. The movie came to the climatic ending; Han and Luke got their medals, everyone was beaming and safe and the credits rolled. And I went to bed dazzled.
The few weeks after watching A New Hope, Kayla and I were in a slight daze. We struggled to learn how to say C-3PO and placing names with faces (Chewbacca=the walking carpet. Oh, her name is Leia not Leah.)
And than the thriller. “There’s more?”
Empire Strikes Back was the movie that really hooked me, that really got me into the books and characters. “How are they going to get Han out of the carbonite, Mom??” I fell in love with Chewbacca during ‘Empire’. I hate you, Lando Calrissian, turning in my Han and Leia to those devils! You are scum off of my shoes. HOLY MACARONI! DARTH VADAR IS LUKE’S FATHER! What will happen now???? The sequel was just as amazing and left us hungry for more.
After that, we were all over the Internet hunting for pictures. The library was ransacked for books on how Star Wars was made and we wanted to find out everything we could about Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and all the other characters. We wanted to know about the special effects and filming, who had helped with it all and where the magic came from. Anything and everything about Star Wars interested us.
Return of the Jedi came along after that, and while it didn’t surpass the others it was just as thrilling to watch, even though Jabba the Hutt’s palace was creepy and the Ewoks were a little over the top. I finally fell for both Luke and Han as their characters finished developing and maturing. Leia became my heroine for life. The epic battle at the end between Luke and Darth Vader riveted me to my seat and I wanted to jump and scream for joy when Darth Vadar picked up the Emperor and tossed him over the side. “I LOVE YOU, DARTH VADAR! YOU’VE RESCUED MY LUKE!” I resented Lando less as he brought down the Death Star and Chewbacca gave him a hug… “Okay, fine.” I still don’t think I’ve forgiven him all the way, though . . . .
Much has changed since watching Star Wars because no movie had so impacted me like it. I now wear Star Wars shirts and jewelry (the only jewelry I’m interested in wearing, and I’ve never worn printed t-shirts before). I’ve made new friends through Star Wars; good friends who are Christians too and they enjoy the same movies as I do. I have them to fangirl with over a new video, a set of pictures or a new SW household appliance.
The morals from the films themselves impacted and reinforced many things I’d already learned or knew. Extend your hand to the lost in hopes of saving them– Luke to Darth Vadar. This really helped me see the need to extend the message to Christ to everyone, even our enemies because they’re the ones that need it most. Seeing Han learn to give, protect and love Leia reinforced the ‘women and children first’ mindset. Anger never solves your problems, they only make things worse–this has helped me control my temper. Learn to control your emotions so they do not control you. This too, has helped as I grow through normal teenage life. Yes, you can be a spunky, tough girl without losing all your femininity—Princess Leia is my heroine and the name sake of my kitten, Princess, who is just like her.
The one thing though, that I think of almost every week as I go about different tasks, is Yoda’s famous quote. I think of this all the time when someone asks me to do something and I start to say, “Well, I’ll try.” I hear Yoda’s scratchy voice in my head; “No! Do or do not! There is no try!” I do a lot of things now that I would normally only try. Because I don’t want to fail like Luke did.