(I think it’s important to start by saying that I have never claimed to be cool.)
I am so geeked out about the upcoming Star Wars movie I can hardly stand it. As I write this post, I am only 95 hours from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, I already have my tickets for first show this Thursday night. at 7:00pm.
I realize that I am not the target audience for this movie, since I’m neither an 11 year old boy, nor a Generation X guy who grew up making his own light saber with a cardboard wrapping paper tube and markers.
Yet, I can’t believe I’m the only middle aged mom I know who is curious about how Han and Leia are living their lives. Are they married? Did Leia hyphenate–Leia Organa-Solo, or even Leia Skywalker-Organa-Solo? Do they have kids? Do they spend every weekend in the bleachers at Pod Races, griping that the coaches only play Jedis’ kids? What about Uncle Luke? Does he come over for Sunday dinners of blue milk and those crunchy little nuggets? Is Luke a fun uncle who melts stuff with his light saber to entertain the kids? Or is he boring, talking politics of the federation until his brother-in-law Han tells him to lighten up. I am way more interested in keeping up with the Skywalkers than the Kardashians.
My friends look at me in bewilderment. “So…you’re into Star Wars? Seriously?” I have learned not to answer the question of how many times I have seen the original trilogy, because my peers gasp in shock when I say “at least 50.” All they ever say at this point is, “I don’t get it.”
It’s not that I’m into science fiction. OK… I guess I did see the original Star Trek series, and all the Star Trek movies, and I watched the Star Trek-Next Generation for a few years. But that’s it.
Again, I never claimed to be cool.
To me, Star Wars is about friendship. The kind of friendship that makes a guy risk the wrath of a reptilian gangster to shoot a couple of tie fighters so his buddy can blow up a space station. Isn’t that what we all want in a friend?
My books are built on that kind of friendship. While no one gets frozen in carbonite, I’d like to think that Amanda, Leah, and Zoe would challenge Darth Vader for each other. “Unprotected” and “Unattached” are available at amazon, barnesandnoble.com and at some local bookstores, and they can still be ordered in time for Christmas.
And yeah, of course, I’m going to have to say it:
May the Force Be With You.