Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I was but the Learner; Now *I* am the Master.

I totally love Corey's moms.

There are times I feel intimated about trying new things with Corey. By nature, I am a routine guy. When Corey is with us, we serve him the same foods, we watch the same movies and many times, read the same books.

Some days we will be talking and they'll say "Corey loves pizza now" or "He can peel his own banana." We blink in amazement and realize the kid has been playing us. I think all kids are taught that in pre-school. Seriously, that's why they charge so much.

When Corey is with us, I always create these illusions of him snuggling between us on the couch watching a movie. However, he usually picks some crazy cartoon that he's watched 1000 times and Larry & I just grab a book and sit in the next room.

Not anymore.

This past month, his moms introduced him to Star Wars. I kid you not. With the exception of fast forwarding through a few scenes, he's watch all of the first three.....er, the second three. OK, the ones with Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

These were pivotal in my upbringing. I can still remember sitting in the theater as the giant space craft passed over our heads on the big screen. Monumental for a 9-year boy. And now, I was sharing that same joy with my son. This is what fatherhood is all about.

Corey giggles more in these movies than any others. He loves R2D2 and the Ewoks. He gets all excited and loves to tell you what is about to occur in each scene. But when he giggles, it just gets me all gushy.

There we are, him snuggling between us. Our little boy sharing in the magic that his daddy did 30 years ago. As The Return of the Jedi flashes across the TV, he gasps, he laughs and he talks. I can't help but sit there and smile. And clearly, we are caught up in the magic because it's 9:45 PM as the final confrontation with the Emperor, Darth Vader and Luke play out.

The most riveting scene about fatherhood that ever played out and I'm sharing it with my son. Does he see Anakin's angst about the choices he's made? Does he see how being a father turns out to be the most important thing that Darth Vader has ever done?

It's the scene where the Emperor is killing Luke when his father cannot. The agony is evident in Anakin's actions. My son speaks.


Clearly he is catching all the subtleties playing out in front of us.

"Yes, my son." (I actually said this and then realized I used Darth Vader's voice. Corny, but I was lost in the moment.)

"Look at the Emperor's face. He doesn't brush his teeth or take baths."

Moment lost.



Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

Maybe that is why it is called the dark side.

7:45 AM  
Blogger Kelly O said...

So I could use Star Wars to convince my kids to brush their teeth? Sweet.

8:48 AM  
Blogger The Brian said...

He does have a point.

9:06 AM  
Anonymous hanmee said...

DOn't feel too bad. He's personalizing it to make it memorable to him. First, he'll remember him as a bad guy because of his poor hygiene. Later on, he'll find out what a REAL mo'fo the emperor is.

My husband (major SW fan) has also introduced our son (2.5 years old) to the movies.

He also enjoys playing with the Darth Tater and the light saber. (That sentence was originally about the boy, but I suppose it applies to my husband as well...)

10:11 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

I'm still holding out (a new) hope that Clare will watch Star Wars with me someday. Sadly, I think that if I want to cuddle on the couch with her it's going to be while watching Cinderella.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

I'm pretty sure Yoda didn't brush either, so there's that.

8:54 PM  
Blogger Vampdaddy said...

I am dreaming of the day I can share the lessons of the Force with my son when he's old enough. It won't happen fast enough!

9:56 PM  
Blogger Dad Stuff said...

I introduced my kids to the 'orignals' last year. They both know them by heart now. My 8 y/0 son has a dozen Star Wars legos and my 5 y/o daughter loves Darth Vader. She can be a little 'dark' at times.
Mom can't stand it.

10:23 PM  

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