Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t. ~George Lucas
This past year, my sister arrived for Christmas break with the biggest box of Legos this house has ever seen, The Death Star. Containing 3,803 pieces for ages 14+, this was Kyle’s dream Lego set. Not only does Kyle love Legos, and I use that as an understatement, but he is infatuated with Legos. Kyle has been building The Death Star off and on for a week now and enjoying every minute of it. Kyle finally found himself a challenge, never being intimidated by the size, the piece count, or the minimum suggested age. I must say, he welcomed the challenge and went straight to work. He did manage to stop periodically to play with the partially built structure. Not discriminating, Kyle brought in other toys to join the Star Wars battles, including his new Skylanders. By the New Year he had it about halfway completed and set himself a goal of wrapping up the project before the following weekend.
You know, it’s kinda neat to see Kyle so engrossed in Star Wars, not just the new episodes or the Star Wars: The Clone Wars cartoon, which he is completely into, but he likes the classics and the story as a whole. I will admit, when I was younger I was a Star Wars fan. As a typical female Star Wars follower, I would take my long braided pigtails and roll them up on the sides of my head like a cinnamon bun. I not only wanted to emulate Princess Leia, but I also liked the fashion of the hairstyle. I sported the T-shirts and ran around with an empty wrapping paper roll as a lightsaber. I watched the Ewoks cartoon on Saturday mornings and I still have my metal Return of the Jedi lunch box. Yep, what kid didn’t want to be a part of the adventure?
I was lucky enough to see all the original Star Wars movies in the movie theater. You see, back then, by the time a movie made it’s way around my hometown it was out for quite some time. So, even though Star Wars was released in 1977, and I was born in 1975, I did get to see it in the movie theater, and I remember it! My dad took me and my sister to see The Empire Strikes Back in Ligonier, leaving my mom home with a really sick kid. We went as a family to see Return of the Jedi in the drive-in, which was recently torn down this past year to make room for an Eckard. I’m not happy about that, but I digress. Seeing Return of the Jedi in the drive-in was cool enough, but then they had an actor walking around the cars wearing a Darth Vader custom! He peeked in windows of cars and was really a prominent dark figure in the shadows of the evening. Even though I was completely terrified, I couldn’t help but watch him and then to see Darth Vader on the big screen made it too real. It was AWESOME!
I told Kyle all these stories and you would swear I was an army war survivor telling great stories from a previous life. You can see the excitement in his eyes when we talk about our Star Wars experience and our mutual love for the franchise. It seems like all superheroes have come full circle and re-made their modern appearance. I guess it’s not only fun for children but adults alike. One day, I’ll touch on my obsession with Wonder Woman. What were you into as a child?
Check back to see how the Death Star turns out.