Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, I’ve got no clue about any of this stuff

FATHER’S DAZE
Emmitt B. Feldner  for The Review

Our middle grandson is apparently going through his Star Wars obsession phase.

We had a full-out invasion last weekend as Aiden, his mom and their two dogs stayed with us while Alex was at drill with his Reserve unit.

Aiden immediately commandeered the television and found the “Star Wars: Clone Wars” cartoon library on Netflix, which was about all that played on the set all weekend.

It’s not the first time he’s watched them on our television – it’s not by accident that “Star Wars: Clone Wars” is in the number one position in our Netflix queue.

It went beyond that, though.

All weekend, any toy he played with became some sort of Star Wars toy – which takes quite a stretch of imagination when it’s a toy fire truck or a stuffed animal, for instance.

He even found some sheets of aluminum foil and turned those into Star Wars guns, weapons and helmets.

And Aiden informed us that he has a new friend in first grade who also likes to play “Star Wars: Clone Wars.”

Apparently, that’s the first on the list of criteria for being Aiden’s friend – and probably last and everything in between.

Even when he did homework, he managed to bring it around to Star Wars – he was practicing his writing by copying the names of all the Star Wars toys he wants for Christmas for various web pages into his notebook.

I have to admit, it’s all got me a little concerned about my status.

I’ll admit that I’m old enough to remember when the first Star Wars movie came out – and to have gone to see it in the theater on its first release.

I watched the next couple of movies as well, but when they got to the fourth one and called it Episode 1, I admit I got more than a little confused and began to lose interest.

By now, with all the sequels, prequels, movies, cartoons, books and everything else, there’s lots more about Star Wars that I don’t know than I do know – which is also true of a lot of other subjects, I should add.

But I’m just hoping that Aiden outgrows this Star Wars obsession before I’m forced to immerse myself in all the movies just out of self-defense – I don’t know if I’ve got enough time to go through all of that.


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