Saturday, December 12, 2015

Going Back To Childhood

Back in 1983, Return of the Jedi was released. I was a big Star Wars fan and talked my mother into taking me to see it on opening day with my brother and a few friends (it was before I was old enough to get a driver's license!) School was out in my town but not in Sioux Falls, the nearest city with a movie theater so we figured we could get in line before the students got out of school.

The strategy worked. We got there about noon and there were about a dozen people ahead of us in line. We took turns holding our spots while others went to the nearby arcade in the mall or got something to eat. The movie started about 7pm and played to a rowdy, excited packed house that was cheering and applauding.

Now 32 years later, a new Star Wars movie comes out. I knew I had to get tickets on opening night...well Thursday night. No waiting in line, just buy them online. The theater even has reserved seats so I know where I will be sitting. I got the early show which is 7pm in Tucson.

Once again, all these years later, I will go into a dark theater surrounded by hundreds of people all totally jacked up to see a new Star Wars movie...and the excitement is still there and just as strong. Yes, you can recapture parts of your childhood.

5 comments:

kkdither said...

I love this "going home" story. How neat to have something that can evoke such a feeling of wonder and excitement. Thanks for sharing, and warming the inner child in me!

I bought a Match Me card game I found in the store for a special little one. I remember sitting and playing simple games with those who were important to me. I can't wait to cut the seal on that game and teach it to the little one, and watch her understand taking turns and how it works. The fancy things that have flashing lights and play loud music will never compete with quiet, thoughtful, people time...and silly, laughing conversation.

OKIE said...

It is going to be a great movie. I see many records being broken.

lizardmom said...

I'm planning on seeing it. The son-in-law and his dad went the 1st day as well, huge Star Wars fans.

Tender Heart Bear said...

My two older kids are big fans of the movie and I know they will be there opening day. Drew and I want to see the movie too but we will wait to see it.

Beejay said...

I remember taking my two nephews to see Star Wars when it hit the theater in St. Louis when they were pretty young. The faces they made, the wonderful day it was for us all. Oh, to relive those days.....