Ah, dear Star Wars. How I love thee. I remember the first time that my dear father asked me if I had ever watched Star Wars. When I replied no, he gave me a look of horror and immediately went to the video store (back when we actually had video stores and not Netflix) to get the entire original trilogy. (That was back when there was only one trilogy as well.) I was probably eleven or twelve around that time, which meant that the original movies had been out for a quite a while, probably a good ten years or so. But they were still awesome, just as they are now.
I think what makes Star Wars so endearing to my heart is the memories of getting to spend time with my dad. My dad was (and is) totally awesome about these. Some of my favorite memories of all time come from “father-daughter dates” to movies. We watched all of the new Star Wars movies that came out, eagerly waiting in anticipation for the next release. We watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Patriot, the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy; he even suffered through Titanic with me. He used those times to teach me the qualities that I needed to look for in a guy, what to expect on a date, etc. Because the nearest movie theater at the time was a good half hour to forty minutes away from our small town, we got to spend that time talking about life in general.
But Star Wars brought it about, from the very beginning. We sat down that afternoon and watched the entire original trilogy in its full glory and I fell in love with it. Darth Vader was my new favorite misunderstood villain, I had to re-watch the scene with the Death Star at least a couple more times to get the full effect of its awesomeness, and my dad and I had yet one more thing to gab about into the wee hours of the evening.
So here’s to you, Dad. Thanks for introducing me to what is perhaps one of the greatest series of all time, and for teaching me how to respect myself and others. I appreciate all that you’ve done for me and all that you’ve inspired. Have a Happy Birthday this coming Monday, and Happy Star Wars Day.