First thing’s first: Happy Star Wars Day!! “May the Fourth Be With You!” I giggled when I saw that the Daily Prompt for today was Hope. Just GUESS what I thought about? I’ll give you a minute… You guessed it: “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope”! I don’t know what it is, but something about the franchise has always just clicked with me. Admittedly, I wasn’t born when the first movie was released (but due to the Empire Strikes Back, my Uncle Joe nicknamed me “baby Yoda” due to my big ears). My first real memory was being 3 or 4, (which means it was 1985 or 1986) and watching watching “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”. My parents were one of the first to get a VCR (insert OOOOO’s and AAHHHHHHH’s here because it was a BIG deal) and someone recorded it off either the TV or another VHS. All I remember is between Princess Leia, Chewie, Endor, the Ewoks, and the unmasking of Vader, I was hooked. My dad relates that I kept CONSTANTLY asking “Can we PLEEEEEEASE watch the movie where Luke takes his Daddy’s mask off?. My dad has a home video somewhere of me running around with a piece of PVC pipe I stole from his shop, & using it as a lightsaber while taking a bucket off of my sister Ri’s head. When he asked us what we were doing, he always go the same answer: “We are Star Wars-ing. I’m Luke and RiRi is Luke’s Daddy”.
And that’s the way it’s always been. Every time some would ask “what’s your favorite movie?” the answer was always “Star Wars”. Every costume party, I was always going something with Star Wars. Boys, and later guys, would say “you’re a girl, WHY do you love Star Wars so much? I guess the answer was: the power of imagination. Star Wars took the genre of Sci-Fi/Fantasy and turned it from cheesy, campy martians and made it believable and realistic. It took the age-old Good vs Evil and turned it into a Galatic issue. It encouraged us to use our imaginations and believe the unbelievable. How much technology was inspired by Star Wars? That’s a rhetorical question, but think of how much it changed in JUST the movie/special effects and sound industries.
The BEST part of Star Wars is the camaraderie. Let’s face it, Star War made it “cool” (by nerd standards lol) to go to a midnight premier dressed up in glorified bath robes and smack your friends around with giant glow swords Lol. Yes. I AM a Cos Play nerd, and proudly have FINALLY been joined by Jonah (the dear hubs is still not a believer).
Critics of the “May The Fourth be With You” Star Wars Day movement think its silly. Not everyone is a Star Wars fan, and I get and respect that (I married the Dear Hubs, even though he does NOT enjoy Star Wars). Maybe Star Wars day is silly, but when is the last time a little silliness or childishness hurt anyone? I had a horrible evening and night last night, but I dressed in my business attire, and before I got out of my car to go in to work I clipped a lightsaber on to my dress slacks and do you know what I got? SMILES. Everywhere I went. Not everyone I met today was a Star Wars fanatic, but everyone of them saw me an SMILED at my inner child. Have you ever seen a Jedi, Stormtrooper, or another Star Wars character in costume and NOT smiled? If you have, then you are only one of a handful. Star Wars makes people smile and embrace their imagination. Even the Dear Hubs, who refuses to sit down and watch the entire original trilogy, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give Chewie a big hug in Disney World’s Hollywood Studios.
So whether you are young, old, boy, girl, dog, cat, Ewok or Wookie, a Star Wars FANatic, or hater: I say to you all “May the Fourth Be with You” and Happy Star Wars Day! Never forget to let your inner child and your imagination out to play, even if just for one day a year.
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