By now, we have seen at least five or six different versions or trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the countdown to the actual ‘premier day,’ is less than a month away! To say that I’m excited, well, that’s more of an understatement at best.
… “Sure you’re up for this?”– Han Solo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
That’s a good question. Am I? Oh, I’m sure I’m not alone on this one. Be honest, who else felt as if Han was directing this towards the viewer, us, not just Finn? And yes, anyone who has a blog for a website or a podcast about Star Wars has already discussed or analyzed the topic on ‘how to prepare’ for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but that’s not what this next edition of ‘Becca’s Chava Chat’ is about.
A New Beginning … Indeed it is. After all, it’s been over thirty years since the last of the Jedi graced the many star systems of the galaxy far, far away. But of course, the phrase itself holds a lot more water, or perhaps sand in this case. Not just for the characters and the storyline, but for us, the fans and our families.
Through my lifetime Star Wars has always been there and even as I became a Mom, three times over, I made sure my children would have knowledge of the stories that I grew up with. All three of them are well versed in Star Wars, whether they wanted to be or not. That is the way of things, the way of the force.
My son, now thirteen, has always shared my interests in the galaxy far, far away. From video games to Star Wars Lego, he has his own piece of the fandom, apart from my own. And he too, is counting down the days until The Force finally … Awakens.
… “Follow me” … As we get closer to December 17th, my fondness for Rey only grows stronger and yet, I have no real reason why that is. Perhaps it has something to do with my middle child, my fifteen year old daughter, Megen.
If you follow me at all on Facebook or Twitter, you’d know that I rarely post anything personal regarding my family, especially my children. I tend to keep my social media accounts primarily for Star Wars and for means of networking the outlets I happen to be affiliated with, i.e. Coffee with Kenobi and The Cantina Cast.
“You have your moments. Not many, but you do have them.”– Leia
And yes, like Han, so do my kids. They do have milestones worth reporting on, and lately Megen has been in the forefront. Not just academically, she is a high honors student with three accelerated classes filling her sophomore schedule, not to mention year-round sports and a part-time job. Yeah, she’s my little high achiever and, as appearance goes, my mini-me. She has even found some time in her busy school schedule to be a part of the all-girls chorus, good thing too, because Mr. Farugia just happens to be an avid Star Wars fan!
That said, Megen’s personal growth in Star Wars has begun to astonish me. Ok, yes, she was naturally enthralled with Ahsoka Tano when The Clone Wars movie came out in 2008, but she was eight years old at the time and cartoons were a big part of her life back then. Still, she followed Ahsoka’s story from start to finish and even when allowed to wield my FX lightsabers, she took a shine to Ahsoka’s back-handed lightsaber grip – so much so, she eventually mastered it.
“Get ready!” … This scene reminds me so much of my kid. She’s just as energetic and charismatic and as I’ve already mentioned, an achiever. In fact, she decided to tune-in and listen to her very first podcast with me last Friday night. That entire hour of Star Wars analysis sparked something within her. She looks at the new scenes with the new characters and is constantly asking questions and contemplating possible scenarios. Heck, she hasn’t been this excited since The Hunger Games first came out, which tells me Lucasfilm and Disney are doing something right.
The world has gone astray in so many ways, but Star Wars has always seemed to be a bright light among the negative murkiness that dwells within our society — bringing hope to those that have none. Hope is not lost, it is found within this new generation, this new beginning of heroes and fans. We are passing on what we have learned and allowing the Hero’s Journey to continue – Every generation has a story.
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