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Talk like Yoda, Jared can
****WARNING****This entry may contain spoilers to Star Wars Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith****
Jared is in love. I think it has something to do with greenness...first he had a Peter Pan obsession, and now it's Jedi Master Yoda.
The kids did remarkably well the other night. We got there about 90 minutes early to stand in line. They made friends with another boy (he was in 4th grade and assured me that he could take good care of them while they all played...and darn-it if he wasn't right!). This kid had a purple lightsaber. Each of my kids found sticks to use. Their new friend, however, shared with them. There was a guy in a Darth Vader mask just ahead of us in line. Bailey and Jared were taunting him, waving their "lightsabers" at him and yelling, "Hey, Darth Vader! Come fight me." He didn't, but I was amused nonetheless.
About 3 minutes before they were going to let us in the theater Jared announces that he has to pee. When you're 3 years old and newly toilet trained, you can't wait. So he and I ran to the front of the line and headed in to use the bathroom. We came out to see the line moving. At which point I thought, "Oh crap! I've got all 7 tickets in my purse!" Luckily, Ryan, Bailey, Josh, Greg, & Alisa hadn't hit the door yet.
Got in, found booster seats for the kids, and got them each some popcorn. And settled in to wait. Being an opening weekend crowd, there was tons of energy and excitement, and the kids were feeding off it. They couldn't wait for the movie to start, and even cheered when the lights went down.
Bailey did great. He stayed in his seat the whole time. He didn't ask many questions. He did understand most of the plot (we talked about it a lot afterwards). He got a little freaked out a couple of times, but considering how much he loves sword fighting, all the lightsaber duels (and there were several) were right up his alley. He seemed to comprehend the battle between good and evil, and got that Anakin turned to the dark side in order to save his loved ones. Pretty deep concepts for a 5 year old.
Jared was great, too. He has that obsession with Yoda, and luckily for us, Yoda has tons of screen time. Every time the little green guy appeared on the screen, Jared got excited. He wasn't able to stay in his seat, and he hopped back and forth from my lap to Ryan's. Still, he was pretty quiet and into the movie, although 90% of it went right over his head.
Honestly, the next day I pointed to a picture of Anakin Skywalker and said, "Who does he turn into at the end of the movie?" Jared: "I dunno." Bailey: *rolls eyes* "Darth Vader! *spoken in a tone that clearly means "You are the dumbest little brother to walk the face of the earth"* Remember, he got all cut up and burned by the lava?!?"
Anyway, as we were leaving the theater, we were all practicing talking like Yoda. It's not easy. I have to concentrate and plan what I want to say, then come up with the correct word order. But, the next morning, Jared woke me up by climbing into bed with me, giving me his best impish smile, and saying, "Hey Mommy! Talk like Yoda, you can." I laughed my ass off!
I found this great limerick online somewhere. I wish I could take credit for it, but alas....take credit, I cannot.
Tiny of stature, on his head was some fuzz.
Cryptic his speech,
To him I beseech,
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