Star Wars Baby TalkApril 30th, 2015
I love my 3-year-old son, but I also envy him because of how many things he has never done and will get to do for the very first time. How amazing it would be if I had never read The Grapes of Wrath or heard Thelonious Monk play or seen The Sopranos. I am sure he will gravitate to some things that I won’t love, but I do want to guide him toward many of the things I do love in the hopes that he gets the same charge, excitement and inspiration from them that I did and still do.
So I was psyched recently when I saw Bobby McMahon’s column in the Washington Post, titled How to Talk to Your Infant Son about ‘Star Wars. What a mind-blowing experience it was for me to see the original film for the first time. I hoped McMahon had some sage advice about how best to prepare my son for this momentous pop cultural experience.
No such luck. Not one piece of sage dad advice in the entire article. It’s all about the author riffing on the series to his drooling 6-month-old who can’t understand a word he’s saying. Was I mad that he had wasted my time and mislead me? Actually, not at all. I was laughing too hard at the end to be pissed off. Read it for yourself and just try to stifle your laughter.