Wednesday, April 22, 2009

May the Force be with You...Lift Up Your Hearts...

Jack (age 2) found a picture from the original Star Wars movie that had fallen out of a book. It showed Han Solo and Chewbacca shooting at something. He was very intrigued.

"Who's this?" he asked.

"Han Solo and Chewie. From Star Wars," I answered.

"They shoot bad guys?"

"Yes, they're shooting bad guys."

"What is it?" he asked, unsure.

"Star Wars."

A long pause, then: "I want to see that!"

He's a little young for it. But the Clone Wars cartoon was on television, so I allowed him to watch it. Now everything is a light saber and bad guys are everywhere. A little too violent for me. I've banned it again.

But then yesterday he had a stick and, running up to me, said, "I have a light saber. I a pastor. I kill bad guys."

"A pastor? With a light saber?"

"Yes. I kill bad guys with my light saber. I a pastor." He paused. "I pastor and you mommy. Let's go get bad guys."

I think the Jedi robes remind him of what I wear on Sundays. Maybe he thinks I have a light saber in my pocket, just like Obi Wan in the cartoon.

I can let him think that.

9 comments :

  1. Rev. Eric J Brown said...

    I refer to Seminarian Hobson, when he is home and doing stuff here, as my padawan. Also, whenever I saw someone wearing a cassock at the Sem, I would ask, "So when are they going to give us our lightsabers?"

    And I, in fact, do have a lightsaber in my study at Church.

  2. Dan @ Necessary Roughness said...

    I own several lightsabers. Just no cassocks. :)

    A Jedi pastor would be quite useful. "You don't need to remember your sins any more..."

  3. Emily H. said...

    Oh, no! It's started...

    Dominic loves Star Wars and has loved it since he was about two years old also. Let me tell you right now, banning it is not going to work and very soon you'll have lightsabers, clone trooper blaster guns, Star Wars figures of every stripe, Star Wars video games, Star Wars legos, Star Wars bedding, Star Wars Everything around your house... and you'll love it!

    There's no better excuse for buying and playing with Star Wars figures than having a son that likes them!

    Dominic's ultimate favorite joke:

    What's the difference between a Cheeseburger and Chewbacca?







    One is cheesy and the other is Chewie!
    Ha, ha! :D

  4. Christopher D. Hall said...

    It's not the Star Wars I object to; heck, I still have all my Star Wars mens and toys in the attic. It's the shooting sounds and light-sabering of everything and everyone in sight. When the boy shoots at people in church, I have a problem with that.

    Sigh. Boys....:)

  5. Emily H. said...

    Ah.. the shooting. You'll have to teach him the Force push, then people at church will only think he's waving at them!

    Yes, sometimes the lightsabers end up on top of the fridge for a few days too.

  6. orrologion said...

    Liturgically:

    "May the force be with you."

    "And also with you."

    The Orthodox riassa - depending on the style - looks an awful lot like what Neo (Keanu Reeves) wore in the second Matrix movie. Just add sunglasses and the Anagnost (Reader) becomes The Chosen One. (Shh, I actually went as Neo one Halloween in my riassa under costume duress from my wife). Neither I nor my friend Mark have yet been able to do the squat down and fly move successfully. More prayer needed, apparently - or CGI.

  7. Dixie said...

    When my boys were little they wanted guns to play with but being the responsible earth mommy I was...no amount of pleading would convince me to buy toy guns for them. And I was so full of self satisfaction at what I thought was success...until that one day I found them shooting each other with guns they had made out of Lego's!!!

    If I learned anything being a mother it's that boys will be boys.

    Pastor Hall...I would be more concerned about your son thinking you'd make a good "mommy" for the pastor warrior's team! :D

  8. Christopher D. Hall said...

    Dixie--if you're not a pastor, what are you? Must be a mommy. Makes perfect sense to me :)

    And you're right about the guns. Jack, to my knowledge, saw no shooting shows, but when he wasn't even two yet, he would find sticks, legos, tinker toy parts and point and shoot.

    That's ok, but Star Wars just brings it out ALL the time...

  9. Rev. Paul Beisel said...

    Let the boys be boys for heaven's sake! :)

    ERic, I hope you weren't one of those dorks who influenced the ultimate banning of cassock wearers on campus. I would be highly disappointed.