Too Much Of Anything Makes You An Addict

Star WarsJames is absolutely obsessed with all things Star Wars. As I type this, he's watching Episode IV for the billionth time this month. He's full of questions, and all are about Star Wars characters and their galaxy. He's always handing me my light saber and challenging me to a battle. It's dominating his little mind these days.

For a period of time in the late 70s and early 80s there wasn't a birthday party I attended that didn't have a Star Wars theme. Usually, a VCR was rented so we could watch our favourite movie. I had Star Wars posters in my room, Star Wars figurines and the coolest model of the Millenium Falcon. Still, I don't think I lived and breathed this particular world of fantasy until I had a four year old boy.

It's freaky how well he knows the story. He's memorized the dialogue from episodes 4, 5 and 6 and he'll call me on it if I quote a scene incorrectly. I just asked him if he's obsessed with Star Wars and he said "no". He's obsessed with Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

The tape has been rewound and I can hear John Williams' score booming the background. It's time to go back a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with my son and there ain't nothing wrong with that.

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I wonder if there's a Star Wars gene that causes this behavior? My husband has been obsessed with Star Wars since he was a little boy. He used to collect action figures in pairs so that one can remain in the box and one on display and he had all the action figures mounted around his room. He had Star Wars t-shirts, hats, posters, toys,bedding etc. You name it, he owned it. He too knew every detail about every movie and watched Episodes IV, V and VI repetively. He Dresses up as Darth Vader at Halloween and our lap dog is named Jedi. I have waited with my husband to buy tickets for a showing on opening day, and then another couple hours on the release day to get good seats. My daughters have adopted his love of this movie and attended every opening day viewing even if it means pulling them early from school to spend quality time with Dad. I think I saw tears in his eyes when the musical score from Episode I initially started. He could discuss for hours about the philisophical merits of THE FORCE and the "absolute brilliance of this movie". And in spite of being a bonafide Star Wars Fanatic he is an amazing guy. I sometimes envy his Star Wars obsession. There is something appealing about the idea of immersing yourself in something that consumed so much of your childhood imagination

March 12, 2006 @ 7:47 PM

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