March 24, 2011

It's A Trap!

I've been thinking quite a bit about Star Wars lately because, well, I haven't had much of a choice. It's my own damn fault. When Beth was in Puerto Rico a few months back, I whipped out a Star Wars Episode IV DVD in a moment of extremely weak parenting. The kids had begged. We'd had a day. I was tired. And there they sat staring into the magic box, amazed by the visions of galaxies far far away. And who can blame them really? I sat there amazed too and I've seen the movie a bazillion times.

Owen - as I've mentioned in the past particularly in one post that was wiped out by all the rampant hacking that happened around here last week - is obsessed. He and I (and anyone else who has the verbal skills to communicate) have long rambling conversations about the Star Wars universe. He has a practically Pavlovian response when he hears certain words like galaxy (far far away) or trap (it's a trap!).

After hours of this unrelenting talk of Star Wars and being made to be Jabba or Padme or Darth, Beth and I invariably shoot each other meaningful looks of concern. But then we figure, hell, there are worse things to be obsessed long as he knows that Star Wars isn't real, that blasters are bad and you really could freeze to death on Hoth.

He knows these things, right?

I read an article a week or so ago that stated one in five UK residents think light sabers are real. So, perhaps we need to take a step back and make sure Owen understands that he won't be piloting a ship with R2-D2 anytime soon. No matter how sad a reality that may be.

I tried breaking the monotony a couple weeks ago. I put on an episode of Star Trek, the old-school, original series. Both the kids looked at me with an expression that said what the fuck is this low-rent ghetto shit, dad? I admitted defeat and switched back to Luke and Leia and their battle for the galaxy far far away.

There are worse things I suppose.

What were you obsessed with as a kid? And your kids?

Posted by Chris at March 24, 2011 7:14 AM

My kids were kids when the original Star Wars came out! Yeah, I am that old! Carrie Fisher is a mere 2 years older than me. Yikes!
Owen is a little boy and Mia is a little girl. Eventually they'll outgrow it, but for now let they use their imagination. Mandy is now a sane adult, although she does have R2D2 and C3PO in the back seat of her car.

Posted by: Maribeth at March 24, 2011 8:27 AM

I think that a solid education in physics, material science, and metal shop will give Owen the tools that he needs to understand that light sabers are not real. And then he will invent them.

I was obsessed with Star Wars, Star Trek, Weird Al, and especially Robotech. As I've grown, I've added Samurai Jack to that list, along with Babylon 5. I highly recommend Samurai Jack for the kids, although you'll want to watch it first to check the violence meter. It's not terrible, but everyone has their own tastes. However, cannot be beat for teaching old school samurai dedication to duty and honor, which is worth the price of admission ( It's really not bad, but a lot of sword play and a lot of robots being sliced into pieces; all the bad guys are robots ).

My kids are obsessed with Webkinz, Star Wars, Pokemon, etc. Nothing too off the beaten path of normal "kids of nerds". ;)

Posted by: metawizard2 at March 24, 2011 8:36 AM

My obsessions: Dr. Dolittle, James Herriot (the British vet) and Little House on the Prairie.

Kids: Star Wars (both), Lego anything (Elliot), princesses (Charlotte)

The only one that worries me is the princess one!

Posted by: Elizabeth at March 24, 2011 8:37 AM

I have three boys and each and every one has gone through a Godzilla obsession. I have all the toys and we rented every video multiple times! Mothra, Hedora, Godzilla vs.MechaGodzilla....geez, I frighten myself that I still remember all of this. Just had grandchild number one (a boy!) so I am saving all of this stuff!!

Posted by: Debbie at March 24, 2011 10:27 AM

An article stated "one in five UK residents think light sabers are real"

omg, that's hilarious! I'm from the UK and I've never come across anyone who thought that! Those people must be the 20% of the population who I'd never, in a million years, associate with! :-D

Posted by: Emily at March 24, 2011 10:47 AM

Daphne's nine and she still believes that dragons are real (no one ever sees them because they live deep inside active volcanoes). I keep asking Todd when he's planning to enlighten her, but the older she gets the madder he figures she'll be, and he's gotten himself in too deep at this point to risk it, so we hear a lot of "scientific facts" about dragons from daddy around here. :)

Posted by: Jess at March 24, 2011 11:20 AM

G-Force. I couldn't to get home from school to watch it, and then couldn't wait until the next day at recess when we would all reenact it.
My current household = Edie, 6, princesses, all that glitters and tooth loss (she tries to wiggle them out prematurely). Grace, 9, going through a morbid phase of obsessing on slavery, world disasters etc. And Egypt. She loves those pyramids. Jo, 41, sports pools, fantasy football and Six Feet Under (me too for the latter)

Posted by: meanie at March 24, 2011 12:25 PM

Don't ruin Owen's fantasy for him yet, he's far, far, far too young. He doesn't need to know quite yet that no one is fighting for mankind's survival in a galaxy far, far away.

I was Barbie obsessed. I was going to grow up, own a townhouse, a corvette, a jeep, a fabulous closet of beautiful clothes with a matching pair of shoes for every single outfit, and I was going to job hop the way Barbie did. Business woman, veterinarian, astronaut, cowgirl, stewardess, nurse, teacher, McDonald's employee. It was going to be sweet.

Posted by: Mindy at March 24, 2011 12:26 PM

Maegan, who is 4, LOVES Star Wars. She can almost recite the entire movie.

Her and I watch Ghost Hunters, faithfully, every Wednesday night.

She can act out and sing the ENTIRE Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory movie.

Posted by: Jen, now in AZ at March 24, 2011 1:15 PM

Light sabers are TOO real. And I am proud to say that while other kids are singing The Wheels on the Bus or Yankee Doodle, my kid is humming Darth Vader's theme song.

Posted by: Midlifemama at March 24, 2011 2:48 PM

I was obsessed with my mom's Rolling Stones, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, and Doobie Brothers albums. Also with Encyclopedia Brown. And I think I read The Westing Game about 4,000 times.

We had no cable or VCR, and we really weren't allowed to watch much until we were in our teens. There was never any question of going to see a movie twice (Dad: grumble... ridiculous waste of money... harumph). So I was clueless about MTV and no more interested in Star Wars than I was in the movie Gandhi. This does not make me sad in the least.

Posted by: Laura Gato at March 24, 2011 3:12 PM

Aw man, now I totally want a light sabre :P

Posted by: Heather at March 24, 2011 3:20 PM

My kids, ages 8 and almost 5, are obsessed with Pokemon. Wii games, DS games, stuffed animals, cards, figurines... anything. My 8yo is creating a book of her own Pokemon. The 5yo will spend an inordinate amount of time telling me who 'revolves' into who. It's so tiresome...

Posted by: chrissie at March 24, 2011 4:37 PM

I watched Gilligan's Island pretty much every day... lol. We only had old school antenna style TV so the picture was super fuzzy and staticky sound too but I loved it.

I love the old Star Trek originals. Have all of them and was thinking about watching some of them tonight actually. My bf has trouble staying awake through them though and much prefers TNG or Star Wars.

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Posted by: Debra at March 24, 2011 10:20 PM

My recommendation to you is

A) don't introduce him to
b) don't introduce yourself to

Believe me. Trust me. I'm someone who knows.

Grand Moff whall.

Posted by: whall at March 25, 2011 1:43 AM

There are TOO lightsabers!

Carebears, Transformers, Voltron. If that doesn't say how old I am, I don't know what does.

No kids of my own, but I used to volunteer at a kid's hospital, and then I worked with baby care products. THE PURPLE DINOSAUR NEEDS TO GO!

Has he gone? I have no idea. I've avoided so much kids' stuff since then...

Posted by: alektra at March 25, 2011 5:35 AM

If you have a Wii then you absolutely must get the Lego Wii Star Wars Saga. My boys haven't even seen the movies yet and they already know all the characters. And, because its all Lego, it isn't overly violent aside from characters breaking apart into their Lego pieces regularly.

We've done all the movies though with a particular emphasis on Cars though I really enjoy Astro Boy (I've got machine guns in my butt?).

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Posted by: beats by dr dre at March 25, 2011 10:49 PM

My three little cousins (I babysat for them several days a week from ages 13 through 17) were OBSESSED with Dances With Wolves. Now, I love that movie, but it was disturbing how many times we had to watch it. J-, the oldest at nine years my junior, was the most obsessed. The second oldest boy's first word (or at least a very early word) was "buffalo."

There was a lot of fast-forwarding through sex scenes, though, and eventually we made an "edited" video tape that we could leave on without worrying about it. I recently watched Dances With Wolves when I was sick (it's a great sick movie) and had completely forgotten large chunks of the story, since I never got to watch those bits with the kids around!

They're totally normal now, I swear.

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