Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When You Wish Upon a Star Wars

I don't know what came over me this weekend, but I decided I had had it up to *here* with kid tv shows. 

"Enough is enough!" I declared, to no one in particular. "We are going to watch a movie instead!"

What?  Did you expect me to turn it off?

Anyways, back to my story.

The boys started clamoring for their most recent favorite:

And I said "No." 

I was feeling the need to man the boys up a little.  Maybe it was because I'd already put lip gloss on them that morning.  I don't know.  But I said to them "We are not going to watch Tinkerbell.  Again.  We are going to watch..............STAR WARS!"

The kids blinked.

Scott volunteered to put my old VHS copy of classic Star Wars in the VCR.  You know, the good one...the classic 1977 version before George Lucas went back and mucked it all up with digital puppet nonsense. 

We almost lost the kids as we had to rewind the tape, and then fast-forward to the opening, and then rewind again because we fast-forwarded a little too far (man, those DVDs spoil you), but soon enough the familiar words started scrolling across the screen and the music began to blare throughout the room.

The kids were awestruck.  And silent.  And riveted to the tv.  It was awesome.

For about 5 minutes.

And then the boys noticed R2D2:  "Robot, mama!  Robot!"  And C3PO:  "Robot, mama!  Robot!"  And the million other robots in the first 15 minutes of the movie.  "Robot, mama!  Robot!"

Yes boys.  That's a robot.  Yup, that's another robot.  Yes, I see the robot.  For the love of God, stop saying robot!!!!

And then Ashley started asking me hard questions.  "Mommy, are they breaking people?  Why are they breaking people?" 

I said "Oh no, they're not breaking people, honey, they're just...shining lasers on them...and then they're laying down...and...well...hey, did you know that there's a princess in this movie?"  When in doubt, change the subject.  That's a highly underrated parenting technique that I tend to use in situations like these.

Ashley was excited.  "A princess!?  When does she get married?"

And I said "What?  She doesn't get married.  She does lots of cool stuff, like...shine lasers on people.  Just because she's a princess doesn't mean she has to get married."

Ashley looked at me like I was an idiot and said "But mommy, princesses always get married."

And I thought to myself....crikey.  Maybe we're all wearing a little too much lip gloss lately. 

88 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow......what a momentous occassion having your kiddos seeing Star Wars for the first time....tons of memories I am thinking of!!! Did they watch it all? -Anna

Chelle said...

I am laughing so hard! I love it.

And no doubt--changing the topic of conversation is a life saver!

Megan said...

Anna: They made it through about 45 minutes or so, which I thought was impressive!

Chelle: I am a HUGE proponent of changing the subject. Works for me every time. ;-)

Amber Page Writes said...

Yay for Star Wars! There needs to be more butt kicking princess in the world...my most recent fave is Fiona from the first Shrek - the second one kind of changes her, but in the first one? She rocks!

Katrina said...

That was too funny. I can relate. My son's favorite movie right now is The Little Mermaid.

BranderPaul said...

(sniff sniff) I am so, so proud of you. SO PROUD. I shall buy you an Orange Julius tomorrow night to celebrate bringing Star Wars to another generation :)

Just Jenn said...

ah ha ha ha!! You crack me up!! =) my son can not stop asking questions in movies... drives me up the wall!! =) so funny!
Just Jenn~

Jen said...

Oh my goodness, you are so much like me! My son's LOVE the movie too and I don't want them to watch it all the time.

And what did I turn on to man up my boys?

Star Wars.

I kid you not.

I guess its true what they say about great minds. ;)

Melanie said...

HAHAHA! Thank you, I needed to laugh today. Tinker Bell...Star Wars...that all sounds familiar.

Hil'Lesha said...

Happy Follow Friday! :)

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Mama (Heidi) said...

Stopping by from Friday Follow.
You didn't mention if they saw the robots...Heehee
My son's favorite movies are Car and the Incredibles, but imagine when my girls are a little older Tinkerbell will be on the playlist.

~SHANNON~ said...

I know every word to Tinkerbelle! I hear ya:)

I am your newest follower from Friday follow! I'd love it if you came and checked out my blog too!

Shan
http://www.milkandcuddles.com/

The Lane Family said...

This post just made me laugh!!! First off I love the whole part about watching the good old :) original Star Wars, we have that too and love it but my favorite was how it took awhile to rewind :) My how things change :)

The part about he Princess was too cute and the need to get married. I can see Miss Ashley has watched a few Disney shows!!!!

MommiesSavings said...

Im a new follower from Friday follow. LOL this post was too funny I love it.

-Melissa

Kim said...

the rewinding bit send me on a visit to memory lane. I remember trying to learn how to FF or RW on a dvd player.
Crazy how it's just second nature now!

Kim said...

I just read this aloud to Jeremy and started tearing up I was laughing so hard. You know you've written a good post when you laugh harder the second time you read it!

*thumbs up*

mary grace said...

very funny...!!
though I have to admit I am a little mesmorised by the TinkerBell movie too..its so pretty.

Helene said...

OMG, Ashley cracks me up! She's so much like Bella...oh the whole princess thing! The thought of a princess not marrying her Prince Charming is just unheard of to them!!

We have that Tinkerbell movie and I'd much rather watch Star Wars too!

Natalie A. said...

I'm following late from Friday Follow! Please come visit and follow when you get a chance! Have a great weekend! Thanks!

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Hil'Lesha said...

Your blog has been chosen for an award. :)

Em Static said...

I just stopped by from SITS and I'm already hooked on your blog.

There's never too much lip gloss, it shines nicely in the lazer-light. :)

Carrie said...

I'm waiting a few years before I try Star Wars with my girls and I will have to view the crap-tacular updated version since we no longer own a VHS machine :) I DO have the first three on VHS though.

Visiting from SITS

Leiah said...

I'm stopping by from SITS. Even though I've referred to myself as Princess Leiah on many occasions, can I tell you I've never ever seen Star Wars? Not.one.of.them. I'm kinda proud of that in a "man, she's weird" kinda way. LOL!

Jeannie, Jane, Angel, Mommy, etc.. said...

Wow! My husband has been SO waiting for the day that he can show his little girls Star Wars. I am sure that it will pretty much go about the same way. hehe Visiting from SITS

mrs. b. said...

omg, i *love* this! i am still cracking up! ps. our most recent fave around here? the classic Adam West Batman. mk requests to watch it all day every day. and it sure as heck beats those princesses...they get old real fast.

Jessica Anne said...

Too funny! I love how little kids always have the world figured out, like Princesses always get married. :)

LivingInspired said...

Sounds exactly like my husband trying to get me to watch Star Wars. I will never understand the lustre of those damn movies......stopping by from SITS and am cracking up!

Liz said...

Love it. Really. I just decided tonight that I need to let my 7-year old watch star wars. Thanks for the laugh.

BlackEyedDog said...

haha...this is awesome^^

Lisa @ This Mommy Works said...

Funny!

Rachel said...

yep, that's what i love about star wars. it shows a woman who looks great and kicks ass. and single!

lostinaseaofblogs said...

LOL!! Love it. My two love Star Wars but I still get those kind of questions from the littlest!

Clara said...

Amazing post, loved your writting voice, very unique!

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Funny! It's sad when the people we want to share our precious favorites with don't appreciate them, isn't it. This reminds me of when my husband got me to watch Star Wars and even worse, Lord of the Ring(s?). I was so unimpressed.

Congrats on your SITS day!

Chennifer said...

great post! - absolutely hilarious!!!

Cheryl said...

I was kinda like your boys when I watched it my first time too. Robots everywhere. How cool was that back in 1977?

julie said...

That's too cute! And boy does it hit home. I just showed my 5 year old Star Wars (well, the Empire Strikes Back to be exact) for the first time. When it got to the part where Darth chops off Lukes hand, he was completely riveted. He stood up in front of the tv and could barely breath! It's definitely a rite of passage when you see it for the first time.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Happy SITS Day! My 7 year old son asked for the Trilogy for Christmas this year (I was so PROUD)! Then, when we got through them all I realized that I had NEVER WATCHED Return of the Jedi, which left me wondering how I could have possibly made it through life without knowing how it ended?!?!?

Lizzie said...

Oh that made my day!! You are too funny.

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

I have to man up and let the kids watch Star Wars. See I didn't because my one of my best mommy friends, who by the way happens to be a dumb ass mom, she can't help it, she's just a ditz, but I love her, well anyway her kids (all 3 are the same ages as my boys) have been watching star wars for years and they run around and fight and kick and shoot each other and I thought well I can't let my boys watch that grown up nonsense. But alas, my boys run and jump and shoot at each other because, well, they're boys, thats what boys do. So I'm finding my VHS too and throwing it in. Oh, crap, I don't think we even have a VCR anymore. Sigh, I guess I'll get the DVD.

I do love me some Han Solo!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma, What's for Dinner
www.mawhats4dinner.com

Lindsay @ Just My Blog said...

"Why are they breaking people?" CLASSIC. I have yet to explain to my girls that daddy is "killing" things when he plays those video games they see. LOL

Libby said...

At least they all AGREE on the crappy movie.
And you should remind ashley that according to Disney, Tinkerbell is now a Princess, and she has yet to be married...just sayin' :-D

Sarah said...

princess always gets married? time to ditch those classics for kids.

"Queen" Vic said...

Love, Love, LOVE Starwars and it's timeless abilities. Thanks for sharing this with us - and Happy SITs Day!

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Annie @ astonesthrowfrominsanity said...

Ha! I've had those very same moments at my house. My son loves Star Wars - the Clone Wars, but does not like the old 70's classics. He said they look "old". Well, I am a 70's classic too, so I guess I am old. Sigh.

Dina said...

too funny! my son is too much of a boy and starts lasering everything in 1/2. not sure what's worse. he does however love avatars watched it 3 times in two days. maybe you should try that....lol

Elizabeth @ TexasEbeth said...

popped over from SITS. My 5yr old son is into vehicles - cars, trains, Hot Wheels, etc. I just showed him the original Herbie movie and he loveds it! I'm slowly introducing Disney & othee classics from my childhood.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a great post : )
I love your writing style. Hope you have a very happy SITS day. Congratulations!

North of 25A said...

So glad I found you @ SITS - and congrats on your SITS day. Come visit me - comments make my day too (is there a Clint Eastwood movie in my future?) and I have never had 47 comments! All the best,
Colleen

AimeƩ said...

Happy SITS day! My son is 18 months, so it'll be a while before he gets any Star Wars. But I can't wait until he's old enough! Light saber battles! Vwooom!

Magimom said...

One of my favorite movies!!! I introduced my kids to it at a young age and they loved them! Breaking people indeed! ROFL Congrats on your SITS day!

Ronnica said...

I've watched many a Star Wars movie with the kids I babysit. It's always a hit...they can't stop talking about it! But she's right, a princess *always* gets married. =)

Marie said...

I think it's definitely time to man up the boys a bit if Tinkerbell is their fav, ha!

Laura said...

It's funny your son was hung up on Tinkerbell. When my daughter was younger, it was Peter Pan over & over & over...


Happy SITS Day!

Lori said...

"When in doubt, change the subject." I employ that technique often!

Great post! Congrats on your SITS day!

AmberRay said...

Great post! My kids love Star wars. I like them too.

Heidi - D said...

Happy SITS day! I would like to say that I think this post was adorable... And typical of kids! I didn't have a true appreciation of Star Wars until I was 17 or 18, so... Who knows... Your kids may just thank you when they're older!

Liza said...

I think my favorite part is the WAY too obvious message that Disney movies are sending to kids! "Princesses always grow up to get married." Great, thanks, Disney. As if there wasn't enough to deal with already. (I'm due with my first baby, a girl, on June 1st.)

Happy SITS Day!

Double Wide Mom said...

Happy SITS! And I must say again Happy Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with you! Fun post.

Star Forbis said...

That's so funny! And don't worry, I have very manly young men now who have watched (& liked!) all the Barbie movies with their little sisters! :)

♥ Becky ♥ said...

That is absolutely hilarious!!!! And I love Star Wars but neither one of my kids can appreciate it. :)
Happy SITS Day!!

Karen said...

Stopping by from SITS.

Oh my goodness, this story is priceless! I watched episode 4 with my 4yo nephew a few weeks ago and he would NOT shut up! "Where's ET?" "Who's that guy?" "Why did she say that?" "What are they doing?" "Can I have a snack?"

Kids are awesome.

Everyday Kathy said...

LOL what a riot! My three year old LIVES for Tinkerbell these days... She would likely concur with your daughter so I guess we'll wait on our viewing!

Kathy over at Everyday Bliss

Charlotte said...

I totally get it. Couldn't wait to show Star Wars and my oldest hid behind the couch. He wasn't ready yet.

Scraps said...

Hey, at least you tried :) 45 minutes is impressive for young ones!

LindyLouMac said...

Stopping by from SITS :)

Jessica - One Shiny Star said...

Haha, are they breaking people. That is really cute. I actually went 21 years of my life before I had to watch Star Wars. Once I got married my husband took over my netflix... so I had to watch them before we would start getting other movies.

Julie at MDMA said...

My husband knows every word to Star Wars ... even the little sounds R2D2 makes. He can do the WHOLE THING, spontaneously ... like in the car. It's weird.

Anyway, I made him wait until our son was 5 years old before he showed it to him on account of the death, destruction and general meanness of some of the characters who dress in black and breathe funny. Our friend has a movie theater in his house so, of course, we had to go there to watch it so my son could "experience it in a theater."

Long story short ... it was a hit again in 2008 in our friend's little theater. The only point of conflict is that my son calls that movie, "A New Hope" and Star Wars number 4. My husband just grits his teeth ...

Great site!

Traci said...

ahhh....there is hope! Skirts, tinkerbell, minnie mouse & princesses make an all to often appearance in my house of one little boy. I love how he has no clue about gender identity yet! I wonder if it's time to introduce him to Star Wars yet ;-)

Jenny said...

That is hilarious. I tried to expand my boys' horizon (away from Star Wars) one day when I popped in "Mary Poppins" about 45 minutes into the movie I get -
"Mom, why are they singing so much?"
I tell them it is a musical and ask themm if they like it. To which they reply,
"not really". That ended my boys'movie expansion project, we are back to Star Wars.

Happy SITS Day!

MrsJenB said...

Hilarious! I love Star Wars and so does my husband, and I'm pretty sure we'll indoctrinate the kiddos (whenever we have them) as soon as they're out into the world!

And I am so with you - the original films are much better. We watched Star Wars not long ago on my father-in-law's super sweet TV that makes everything look like it's happening in real life (it's freaky). Watching the updated movie on that TV was like watching a cartoon - the new stuff looked even more ridiculous!

Jenny said...

Very very funny! We love Star Wars in our house. Even Big Sister, who has always been a big fan.

Happy SITS day!

botheyesshut said...

Dear Miss Megan,

I'm new here, which is to say that this is the first post I've read, and I must say that it's terribly fortuitous. Allow me to explain.

See, I was the biggest Star Wars fan in my hometown, growing up. My first memory of television is watching Han Solo run down the hallways of the Death Star to escape stormtroopers. I played with my Star Wars dolls by Mattel more than anything else (and I still have them, all packaged in newspaper and cardboard like a science-fiction monument in my attic). I had the bedspread, the pillow cases, even the wallpaper for my bedroom, but I didn't have the backpack, shirt, or shoes because my parents thought wearing Star Wars was tacky. Maybe.

The point of narrating this autobiography to you, Miss, is in relating how much I agree with your sentiment that we're all wearing too much lip gloss, as you so eloquently put it. I didn't understand Star Wars for years, but I had it memorized by the time I did. I can recall specific instances when certain phrases and situations first made sense, in fact. For instance, I couldn't understand why Luke and Leia had to swing across the chasm on a rope for a long time, until one day I learned that "I think I just blasted the controls," meant a chain of events which he had caused by firing his laser at the panel on the wall.

Some portions of the trilogy frightened hell out of me -- no doubt of that. I especially disliked Luke's amputation, and the entire opening chapter of Return of the Jedi, but they seemed necessary to watch for some reason, necessary for the proper appreciation of the entire experience.

I may have been two when I first watched it. I was born in '78. It didn't take long to learn the lesson in the above paragraph, and the more I ponder it, the more convinced I am that watching images which genuinely scared me in my early development formed much character. Gremlins gave me nightmares for years, but I watched it anyhow because Gizmo made me laugh.

Anyhow, before this letter becomes an epic story in its own right, I'm all for quashing the squishy nonsense that may be transforming the youth of today into entitled little softies. I had an overly-romantic side for a few years, and had to get more realistic before my personal life became a healthy, stable one, and I can't help but think that if I hadn't been watching Rainbow Bright (and other such cushy silliness from the eighties -- I'd put GI Joe and He-Man in the same basket) I might not have had such Disney-esque expectations of the world.

Yes, well, this has got to be the most arguable opinion on the Internet, but hey, everything I write is an arguable opinion, so eff it.

I loved your piece, Miss, so thanks for it.

Yours Truly,

-BothEyes

A Mom Writing said...

Seriously LOVE this post. I love Star Wars, and it is so funny imagining that little scene in your house playing out.

Amy in Peru said...

This was a very humorous glimpse into your family room... very funny kids, very funny mom :)

you never can tell what kids will come up with... hahahah!

amy in peru

Robyn's Gift said...

Very funny story. I am new to blogging and I found this could be a lot of fun. My grandson loves, absolutely loves Star Wars. Thank you for sharing.
robyn

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

I only had daughters and never was a Star Wars fan - can't even remember if I saw the first one!

Happy SITS Day!

va_grown said...

Cute! Isn't it funny how they have to add "mama" to everything they say. It's like puncuation for them or something. I've got two boys too (2 & 3)--they're a whole new ballgame compared to our daughter (5).

Sharlene T. said...

OMG! I had daughters. Took them to Star Wars. They loved it. BUT, I loved it MORE. So, I started borrowing the neighbor's children...and their two friends...and their two friends...just to go see it and not look ridiculous. (Ha ha...an endless stream of different children looks normal?) But, the first one was and still is my absolute favorite. Sit those boys down, again, and give them three hours of Han Solo! May the Force be with you...

panamamama said...

Great! My kids love Star Wars, but more the Jar-Jar Binks than the others. I can remember playing SW with my cousin at their ages, and we did fight over who would marry Han and who got Luke.

Jennifer Gideon said...

I can truly appreciate this post - being the wife of a Star Wars nut. He laughed when I read your post aloud to him! A giggled as he thought about you telling the kids, "They're shining lasers at people," his response - I like it! That's pretty good considering he refuses to get into the whole "blogging" scene! I adore this post and I now adore you!!

tisha said...

Loved this post! some of my daughter's kindergarten friends are taking a Jedi training class and they're all about Stars Wars right now, so I've been entertaining the ideas of introducing her and her little sister to the movie...thanks for further inspiration; VERY funny! :-)

Tracy @ Hall of Fame Moms said...

So, I'm wondering. Did you make it through the movie? :)

"S" and family said...

Happy SITS day from a first time visitor who also has sons who love Tinkerbell and other girly things. My daughter grew up loving Captain Hook and Snape from Harry Potter, so they're all mess up. But that's the fun of being a kid!
Loved this post. : )

theUngourmet said...

Such a riot! My son loves Star Wars!

Lo said...

Seriously - I'm picturing the lip-gloss covered boys waiting for Princess Leah to get married. LOL!

Shauna Fofauna said...

OMG.. Star Wars was one of the first movies my mom took me to see.. waaaaay back when in the (cough cough) late '70s --I must have been 6 or something! We actually went to the theatre. I still remember being in love with Darth Vader. Yes, Vader.
We're still not sure what's wrong with me.. but lemme tell ya, when his helmet came off in Return of the Jedi.. I was super depressed.

Good job Momma on introducing the classics!

LisaDay said...

Change subjects. Noted. I will will remember this tactic.

Happy belated SITS day.

LisaDay