The the “Christmas in the Stars.” collaboration continues! I’m so glad to be working with so many good friends from around the Star Wars fan-site community. Over the next few days there will be a short, daily guest blog post about a favorite Star Wars memory from a friend of us here at the Star Wars Report. We continue with “A Call For Obi-Wan,” a story from Megan over at Blog Full of Words.
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A Call For Obi-Wan
Most of my Star Wars memories come courtesy of my stepmom’s family. One of the first adult Star Wars fans I was ever met was a family friend on that side. One day, when I was in my teens, she leaned over my shoulder, and, to my great shock, recognized that I was doodling Kit Fisto. Star Wars became our conversation topic of choice. I visited her house once, gawked at the number of action figures she had bought for her son, and marveled at the size and rarity of her Millennium Falcon and X-Wing models. I bought my first vintage figures (Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker and Admiral Ackbar) that weekend.
She died of cancer this summer. Now, those figures will always remind me of her.
A young cousin on that side of the family also got word that I was into Star Wars and proudly showed me his plastic lightsabers. We had many sword fights in the basement, his aggression and tendency to aim for the knuckles pretty much matching my much longer reach. In typical kid logic fashion, there was a narrative to our battles but it was very, very loose. He would switch which character he wanted to be, and which he wanted me to be, in a matter of seconds. “I’m Anakin. You’re Obi-Wan. I’m a good guy. No, I’m a bad guy!”
I only see that side of the family about once a year, on Thanksgiving. I didn’t expect my cousin to remember as vividly as he did, but the next Thanksgiving he was waiting on the porch when I arrived, shouting so enthusiastically that I couldn’t identify the words until I figured it out: “Obi-Wan! Obi-Wan!”
Megan - Blog Full of Words