My Dad is a Wookie!
|Chewie being chill|
Recently I had a conversation with a friend who told me how he felt like he had learned a lot of lessons on morality from a show called Kung Fu that he watched when he was a kid. This made me think and I feel like aside from my Christian upbringing I learned a lot of moral lessons from Star Wars. I learned things like never give up in the face of insurmountable odds, that someone who seems like a nobody has the potential to change everything, I learned about loyalty to one’s friends no matter what, I saw that sometimes we make mistakes, but it’s never too late to turn around and do the right thing, and that even the worst people given the chance can be redeemed.
My first memory of Star Wars was watching an ABC special showing of Return of the Jedi with my Dad and I remember being so fascinated by this magical world that I ended up watching the other movies on the USA network and taping them so I could watch them again and again.
I know this comes on the heels of a Han Solo film coming out, but when I was a kid, I wanted to be Han Solo. He was a confident dude who seemed like he had gone on several adventures and he always had his best friend Chewbacca at his side. I’ve read several books featuring Han and Chewie and there is always a theme of Chewie having Han’s back, even though sometimes he thought Han was being an idiot. Then eventually Han married Leia and had a family. Chewbacca’s friendship with Han lead him to be like an uncle to Han’s kids and you always knew Chewie had their backs too.
|My Dad and I before surgery|
Anyway, growing up when I would dream about being Han, I always felt like my Dad was Chewbacca. Part of it was because he had a beard and was much taller than me, but the other part of it was because my Dad always did his best to support me, as well as my mom and other siblings. I always looked up to my Dad and knew that like Chewbacca he would never let anything happen to me or our family. I used to daydream about us going on space adventures in the Millennium Falcon and meeting aliens, getting in trouble, but always doing the right thing. Thinking about it, Chewbacca probably had things he wanted to do sometimes, but whenever Han and his family went on an adventure Chewie went along to protect everyone.
|My Dad and I before seeing The Last Jedi|
|My Dad, Kathleen, and I a long time ago|
in a galaxy far away (Lufkin).
|My Dad and his grandchildren|