Star Wars and 5-Year-Old Boys

At Halloweentime my son announced that he wanted to be Darth Vader. I found this odd since he had not seen any of the Star Wars films, nor expressed much interest in Star Wars. In the weeks before Halloween he talked more and more about Darth Vader and Luke and Anakin. He still had not seen any of the films.

At Party_City he was adamant that he wanted to be Darth Vader, black flowing robe, mask, and all. I asked him several times if he was sure he wanted to wear the mask at night and in the school parade. He said “Yes” on both counts.

To be on the safe side, I rented Star Wars IV — the original Star wars movie from my childhood. I have to say that the movie has stood the test of time. As Darth Vader started doing his thing I braced myself for the inevitable scared looks from my son. I assumed that he would change his mind about being Lord Vader. No, he was more convinced than ever that this is who he wanted to be.

At the school Halloween party, I could see why he was obsessed. Among his kindergarten friends we had a Queen Amidala, a Princess Leia, an Anakin, a Luke, an Obi Wan Kenobi, and a couple of stormtroopers. Clearly this was a group that were using the Force.

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