Star Wars: A Fathers Perspective Through the Generations

I remember when Star Wars came out in the movie theaters when I was 5 years old and my Dad took me to see the movie.  When I first saw the movie trailer preview on TV I was in complete awe.  I mean at that age I had already seen some interesting movies but nothing like Star Wars.  My Dad taking me to the movies when I was young was a treat for me as my Dad always worked nights at the Post Office.  So going to the movie with my Dad was a big thing for me and it was my way of spending time and bonding with my Dad.

Star Wars was a big thing for me growing up when I was a kid.  I had to have all the damn Star Wars toys, every one of them, every time they came out.  I had the Darth Vadar case for carrying all the action figures.  I remember my parents making fun of me every time I came out of my room and brought out the case.  They used to say I will be 18 years old and I’ll still be carrying that same case on my first date.  Those things still make me laugh when I reflect on my childhood.

First generation Star Wars played a big part of our lives (Star Wars fans) and now with the new movie continuing on the series.  It still is a big thing and now 39 years later I get to take my own son to see the movie.  Although he’s 11 and a lot older than I was when saw the movie it was a special moment for me.  The irony of me taking him to see the movie as my Dad for me, I have come full circle in my life.  Even though I have butt heads with my Dad during my time growing up.  I do know one thing, we only get one Mom and Dad and we have to cherish the time we have with them.

There is a scene in the new movie where Han Solo confronts his son and tries to make amends with his son.  It’s a point where we all have those feelings with our kids about what we did wrong, what we could’ve done better to make things right.  It’s a scene in the movie that makes me reflect on my relationship with my Dad and now being a parent myself.  As a parent we try to do the best we can to raise our kids from right and wrong.  My Dad did his best and I hope one day my kids know I tried the best myself with them.

I felt proud to take my son to see a movie that I grew up on and hope one day he will remember the times we spent together as he grows up like I did before with his grandfather. It’s like I said, I have come full circle in my life. – R. Jibus


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