My son is at a great age. He is old enough to watch some of the cooler movies and still young enough to believe in the magic.
During the past couple of weeks he and I watched the original Star Wars trilogy. We had great fun talking about the characters and what happened. While we watched I made a point to periodically check out the look on his face. I watched his eyes get wide and listened to him gasp and or cheer as warranted by the scene.
But he really caught me off guard with his reaction to one particular scene during Return of the Jedi. It is in the video just below this. If you watch you’ll see the fight between Luke and Darth Vader followed by the Emperor’s attempt to kill Luke.
As the Emperor sends lightning shooting into Luke’s body there is a moment where Luke screams “Father, please!” At that moment my son grabbed my hand and said he won’t die, his dad will save him.
I sat in silence. I wanted to let him learn what happened for himself. I watched his reaction as he sat up straight and his eyes got wider. Moments later he learned that he was right in his assessment of what would happen.
With a big smile on his face he hugged and kissed me and said “I know that you’d save me too.”
If you would have seen my face you would have seen a big stupid grin. “Of course I would,” I said.
Then that little boy of mine burst my bubble. “You know, you do share something in common with Darth Vader.”
“Oh really, what is it.”
“When you sleep you sound just like him.”