As we celebrate our son’s birthday this week, our main living space is full of green (Yoda) and black (Vader) streamers, a few vintage and one new Star Wars posters, a few blue balloons (“because I like blue”) and a growing collection of birthday presents.
Sure, the movies are a bit scary, the plot a bit advanced, and, really, some of it just doesn’t make sense, but why not?
I’m doing my best to no longer over think things anymore.
Explaining why he likes Darth Vader, in a very matter of fact way, “because he is black and wears a helmet!”
He sees different things in the stories, imagining these far off worlds where these characters actually lived and died. He initiates fantastic discussions which cover biology, engineering, morality, spirituality, and interpersonal relationships.
We take it as he goes, trying as always, to catch-up. Star Wars is not my first choice, but it brings in a new topic that he and his Dad can share. (I’m all for nurturing things they have in common!) My own knowledge of the Force is on a sharp learning curve and our toddler daughter thinks Yoda is funny.
As we move forward in life, doing our best to parent and be a family, we’re adding a bit of fun, through the Force, into our lives, using it as just another means to teach and be together.
Lord, help us, as parents, do our best to nurture our children. Help us be creative, finding ways to embrace their interests while also using them to help us all grow as people and as a family. And help us when the next phase comes. Amen.