Saturday, May 4, 2013

May the 4th be with you!

Corrupting the Next Generation


When said in the wrong context, this sounds like a very bad thing.  When said in the proper context though, and with the proper audience, it can be a beautiful thing.  What am I talking about you might say, or some may have already left, and aren’t asking anything.  For those four… three of you who are still here, I will explain. 

This is basically a sci-fi story.  Particularly one that started with Star Wars:  A New Hope, The Empire Strikes back, and Return of the Jedi.  The last aired in 1983, and I see someone else leaving the room and there were two.  Okay… fast forward 16 years and my niece Abby, was born.  Guess who got to babysit… a lot?  There was lots of walking, cradling, and rocking back and forth.  You know… typical baby stuff.  Little things that become almost a ritual to keep them calm, and to ward off the demons that would occasionally enter their bodies. 

Actually, she was a very good child.  What ritural I found worked the best though, was to pop in the old VHS tapes of Star Wars.  (Note for the younger of you:  VHS was the DVD of my earlier days.  They are a just a little more rectangle and boxy.)  Every time I watched my niece, we would sit down and throw in one of the Star Wars movies.  Even at such a young age, she loved them.  She was still learning to talk but you could ask her a simple question like, “Who is Darth Vader?”  Then in a very soft and quiet voice, she responded, “He’s a bad man.” 

I can tell you that it's a very proud moment, when you realize that you've passed something you love on to the next generation.  It also did not end there.  She has since watch every episode of Stargate SG1, Atlantis, and Universe.  She knows Doctors 9 to 11, and watched the old and new BSG, and the old Buck Rogers series.  She has read every Harry Potter book, and seen every movie.  Now she is reading “Heir to the Empire” for the first time.  I just hope she's enjoying it.
Now, for the one who still remains in the room and is probably heading for the door.  Have a Happy Star Wars day, and May the 4th be with you. 
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