Most families document their children’s milestones. And we do, too—we’ve got videos of Henry and Eleanor rolling over, trying solid foods for the first time, even moving up diaper sizes.
Because Andy and I embrace our nerdiness, watching Star Wars with the kids was a milestone pretty much on par with first steps. Seriously, people, five years ago I created a video in iMovie complete with scrolling titles just to show off the Luke/Leia onesies a friend gave them (thanks, Jeremy!). Needless to say, Andy and I have been waiting for this day for a long time.
Henry is currently Star Wars obsessed, so we’ve been discussing when to let him watch the movie. We went back and forth—he’s a little sensitive, and we didn’t want to scare him. I even asked Facebook to weigh in (shameless plug: go like me!), and we received enough responses to make us feel comfortable to finally open the Star Wars floodgates.
On Saturday afternoon, we popped popcorn and headed down to the den for the big first screening. Henry, as expected, was enthralled, asking halfway through if we could watch ALL the Star Wars movies that day. Eleanor declared her boredom a time or two, but despite that she was pretty transfixed herself. I took my nerdiness to a whole new level when I teared up at Henry’s face when the opening credits appeared.
And who is dorky enough to film their kids watching Star Wars for the first time? This mom, thrilled to pass a childhood love on to her children. I had myself a big ol’ “OMG we wanted children so bad and look we had them and they’re here and they love Star Wars and we get to pass this along to them aren’t we so lucky” moment, and it was AWESOME.