Today is dubbed “Star Wars Day” as in “May the 4th be with you.” Cute, fun, and somehow marketing everything Star Wars! I have no idea where this idea came from, but it is quite clever, albeit annoying at times. I’m a fan of Star Wars on any given day, so today is more a celebration for the regular folks who enjoy the films, but don’t necessarily share in the fandom. I love Star Wars and the story lines that have been created.
My childhood was filled with multiple watchings of the original three films, a couple of Ewok TV movies, The Ewoks cartoon, pretending every stick I picked up was a lightsaber (and making the sounds as I swung it around). I think it’s a great way to bring out the imagination of a child. My children have watched the films, shared in the experience of a galaxy far, far away & made up their own adventures.
So it surprised me yesterday when I spoke with a mother who has two boys, ages 5&7, who refuses to show Star Wars to her sons. She fears it to be too scary for them. I also have a friend who’s daughter by age two was in love with Chewbacca and R2D2. This little girl probably knows more about those characters than I ever will.
As parents, we choose what to expose our children to- from movies to religion and everything in between. My kids are excited about Wookiee Cookies and watching The Force Awakens today. My wife is planning on crocheting some Star Wars characters while relaxing from our post-convention run.
However you spend your day:
May the 4th be with you!
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