April 22, 2008

Daddies Love Their Sons- Darth Vader & Luke Skywalker Edition

My son is at a great age. He is old enough to watch some of the cooler movies and still young enough to believe in the magic.

During the past couple of weeks he and I watched the original Star Wars trilogy. We had great fun talking about the characters and what happened. While we watched I made a point to periodically check out the look on his face. I watched his eyes get wide and listened to him gasp and or cheer as warranted by the scene.

But he really caught me off guard with his reaction to one particular scene during Return of the Jedi. It is in the video just below this. If you watch you'll see the fight between Luke and Darth Vader followed by the Emperor's attempt to kill Luke.

As the Emperor sends lightning shooting into Luke's body there is a moment where Luke screams "Father, please!" At that moment my son grabbed my hand and said he won't die, his dad will save him.

I sat in silence. I wanted to let him learn what happened for himself. I watched his reaction as he sat up straight and his eyes got wider. Moments later he learned that he was right in his assessment of what would happen.

With a big smile on his face he hugged and kissed me and said "I know that you'd save me too."

If you would have seen my face you would have seen a big stupid grin. "Of course I would," I said.

Then that little boy of mine burst my bubble. "You know, you do share something in common with Darth Vader."

"Oh really, what is it."

"When you sleep you sound just like him."


cruisin-mom said...

sweet story Jack...we watched Star wars over and over in this house.(the original three)I couldn't wait until my kids were old enough to watch.

Jack said...

Thanks CM. I have waited a long time for the big guy to be old enough to watch these shows with me.

Ben-Yehudah said...


Jack, Please let us know what happens when your son is a teen-ager and needs re-assurance, and you show him your posts about him.

< sigh >

I'll bring tissue, and so should you.

If your blog doesn't show him how much you love him, then I don't think anything will.

Jack said...

Thanks. Fortunately I have a few years to prepare for the teenager he wants to become.

Aaron said...

So here is my question. My daughter is 9 so I've actually begun considering letting her watch SW - the question I haven't figured out yet - chronological order vs. movie release order.

Quite torn