Monday, November 12, 2007

Are Jawas Good?

The question was a bit unexpected. I mean - Darth Vader is obviously "bad". Luke Skywalker is in the "good" camp beyond a shadow of doubt. The Jawas though?

For those of you who are not "Star Wars" aficionados, the Jawas are little creatures who roam the sands of the desert planet of Tattoine (Luke Skywalker's home). They specialize in "collecting" things in the desert, and then fixing them up to sell. Erin had to promise Jad that she would do some research and get back to him with an informed answer.

Yes - our summer of "reculturization" in the US has paid unexpected dividends. Through cousins, friends, ads on TV and McDonald's happy meals, Jad and Danna's mustard seeds of Star Wars knowledge of Star Wars have blossomed into a full-fledge mountain of interest. Good vs. Bad. Space ships. Aliens. Princesses and swashbucklers. How could you not be interested? So - via YouTube and borrowed DVD's the kids have begun watching carefully selected snippets of the movies. Those of you who are fans will no doubt recognize the picture above as a recreation of Luke's initial Jedi training aboard the Millenium Falcon, wearing a helmet with the blast shield down to test his ability to sense to "the force".

Anyway - in this age of digital video and creative kids, we're pleased to present the first of what I'm sure will be many Star Wars interpretations. An X-Wing fighter has taken construction in our playroom today, and Kyler sounds a wee bit like Yoda these days... so I'm sure there will be more to follow.

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