I am your father

I’ve finally managed to get my kids excited about Star Wars. It’s been a game, somewhat, where I mention anything remotely related to Star Wars and the kids are immediately resistant, rolling their eyes or ridiculing me for bringing the subject up. But after watching Episode IV a few weeks ago, they’ve been enthusiastic about watching the rest of them. “Can we watch another Star Wars movie for Family Movie Night this weekend?” they’ll ask.

Ashton knows most of the major characters, but Jett is still learning. So far his favourite is Luke Skywalker from the original trilogy, and has been rather dismayed that he hasn’t made an appearance in Episodes I or II.

Jett is so excited about Star Wars, in fact, that he requested that he be dressed as Luke Skywalker for Book Week, a festival where Australian schools promote and celebrate book reading. At our school, they’re encouraged to come along one day in fancy dress as one of their favourite characters. It’s cheating, I know, since Luke Skywalker is more of a movie character than a book character but I don’t think the teachers or other kids are all that picky.

Luke Skywalker, as he appeared in Return of the Jedi, was fairly easy to put together with what we had on hand: black pants, black long sleeved top, black shoes and a black scarf around his midsection as a belt. All we had to invest in was a lightsaber, which he made good use of in the fight scenes when we watched Return of the Jedi, The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.

I was also able locate one of my prized Darth Vader action figures to show the kids. It was released a few years ago to celebrate Father’s Day.

This weekend we’ll do Revenge of the Sith, the final link in the story of Anakin Skywalker succumbing to the dark side and falling under the influence of the Emperor. I’m still trying to educate the kids about the political story behind the Emperor’s rise to power (that may be the subject of a future blog post) but for now they’re happy with watching the special effects, lightsaber duels and shtick of Jar Jar Binks.