Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Force

I had a fun date last night with 3 handsome men...OK, 1 man and 2 boys....wait, don't judge me yet! These are those cuties:
Anthony, Jack and Cameron!  We went to see the new Star Wars movie.  It was fun to be with the Grandkiddos  but a bit surreal for me sitting there watching this particular movie.  I'm thinking it was a similar feeling for Jack.  When the original Star Wars came out in 1977, we had gone to see it with some friends of ours from Chicago. It was Labor Day weekend and they drove out from Chiropractic school to visit.  We had only been in Ohio since early that year.  I was pregnant with our #2 son and was due at the end of September.  I was very excited to spend time with our friends as well as seeing the movie that was the rage that year.  Because God has a marvelous sense of humor, I started having a few contractions the minute they pulled in the driveway.  I chose to ignore those silly pains since I was 3 weeks from delivery.  (The fact that I had our first son 2 months early didn't matter did it? Ha!)  After a lovely dinner at Red Lobster and waiting in line with tons of folks and eating a bit of popcorn I realized those silly pains weren't leaving.  In fact, by the time Luke Skywalker climbed out of the trash compactor, I was in a sweat and the pains were pretty close together.  Jack was really dismayed when I announced we had to leave...right in the middle of the movie. He really wanted to hand me the keys so he could finish the flick with our friends but since we all drove together that wasn't happening!  We were about 30min. from the hospital.  To make a long story short and skipping all the gory details, our son Craig was born about 3hrs later.  That made Jack whisper in my ear..."See, I told you we could have seen the rest of the movie"....Flash forward to last night.  I didn't have any crazy pains but seeing all the actors from the original film and seeing how old they looked had me gasping in reality pain! To add to the weirdness was the fact that this movie has a similar plot to the original. That's probably why I like it so much!  Now, I've seen those same actors over the years and of course I knew they have aged...right along with me! My son who was born on that early Sunday Labor day weekend morning is 38 years old and has a few gray hairs himself.  (Only my hair dresser knows for sure about mine! Ha!)    But the real kicker came as I was lamenting about the aging actors and then remembered that this old gal, me, and my handsome hubby, had gained admittance with tickets that said..."Senior discount"...sigh...May the Force be with you!

18 comments:

joeh said...

Great story! Well for the rest of us anyway.

acorn hollow said...

cute post! I did see the first one all those years ago but I have 0 interest in it so I never saw the following ones. Fun you got to share it with your grandsons.
Cathy

Shady Del Knight said...

Hi, dear YaYa!

Your story had me laughing out loud, the part about Jack wanting you to take the keys and drive yourself to the hospital to deliver your child. What a funny memory. Hey, Mrs. Shady and I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last weekend! You're right. It was jolting to see Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher as they look now. On the other hand, Chewy hasn't changed a bit! I think he's related to the Yeti in your woods! :)

Thanks for sharing your memories of Star Wars then and now, dear friend YaYa, and enjoy the week ahead!

Julia said...

This is a great story Yaya Thanks for sharing. You, aging? Never... I'm glad you weren't pregnant this time though and could stay for the duration of the whole movie... I bet Jack was happy too.

Have a great week.
Hugs,
JB

Kim said...

Lol, great story. I haven't seen the new movie yet but I don't have as good a story as you about watching the original. (Thank goodness because I would have been 11. Heehee)

gin said...

Great story. You and the Force are still going strong.,

betty said...

Such a cute story :) I love that hubby can qualify for the senior discount here but I'm 4 years away from it :) I love buying the tickets, saying "one senior" and then look at him and "one adult."

What a special night to remember so many years ago of when your son was born. I do hope down the road you both got to see the first Star Wars movie. I remember all the hype about it and the long lines.

I did enjoy this current movie; was a bit surprised by some of the events (no spoiler given here). I think that is what happens to us; we are so busy living, we forget until we actually see proof that we have aged to the age that we are right now.

betty

selvageedge said...

Ha ha! Cute story! Those actors only wish they had aged as well as you. :)

John Edwards said...

Brilliant! That was one 'never to be forgotten' movie.

CatieAn said...

oh Yaya what fun memories and what a funny guy? They are all the same ....still little boys...But I found myself going back to 1977 as well when we sat in the movie last week...It was quite similar huh? Now we can look forward to the next 6 installments with the new generation of actors.

Becky Jerdee said...

Ha ha! Loved this story...I especially like TRUE stories!

Susan Anderson said...

We really enjoyed the movie, too. Fun story about your first Star Wars movie…

=)

Munir said...

Wow your bubby really must love Star Wars. I realized how old I have become as well although we watched the movie during matinee hours and didn't get the seniordeals. it nice that our grand kids are watching and appreciating the same movie like us and our adult kids.

Stacy Crawford said...

I love the Star Wars movies! I was the only girl in my school to have a Return of the Jedi lunch box in 3rd grade! You know, the nice metal ones with a thermos on the inside. Sure wish my mom would have kept that in all the moves we made as children.

Sandra Cox said...

OMG. That's a movie you'll never forget!
I was in Charleston, IL when I saw it and am happy to say nothing that exciting was going on. Grin.

Craig Starkey said...

Mom, I'm glad you got to the hospital when you did. Why didn't you name me Luke? Or Chewie?

Sweet Tea said...

Now that's a STORY!
i'm staring at the computer screen smiling, but almost speechless. Love this!!

Kerri said...

What a great story...and I love your son's comment above! :)