…did this happen? Anjali has transformed herself into a Jedi and everything Star Wars. We have to sit though long monologues (in the car, at restaurants, at bath time) about everything Star Wars related from Galactic politics, clone lineage to entire lines from the movies. Recently she finished reading George Lucas’ entire screen play of the prequel trilogy. At night she goes to bed announcing that she is off to the Jedi Temple (for her training, of course). I enjoyed Star Wars as a kid and return of the Jedi was the first movie I saw with my beloved uncle at the Liberty cinema in Colombo. I had a picture book on Star Wars, of which the center fold of Han Solo hung on the inside of my closet door.
It’s mostly boys who are into Star Wars, but the original story (as opposed to the clone wars story line) has kindled interest among girls her age, who are much more versed on the trivia than the boys. It’s also a reminder that in our current age of ‘got it all right now’ kids are turning to a cultural phenomenon that is 20 years old, adding to the claim that lately, we are not so original in our creativity. The family has been watching the prequel trilogy on DVD and Ranjeewa and I turn our heads and smile at each other often over Anjali’s head. It is amusing to see a child being transfixed (albeit probably temporary like other passing phenomena such as the nutcracker, wizard of oz, and, little house on the prairie). Shhhh... This awesome personalized find will be making a surprise on her birthday!