It’s something you have to think very hard about. The first time. Not to be undertaken too lightly, not to be left too late. Who wants their child finding out about this stuff in the playground? It is clearly something that needs a lot of thought, and has to be handled right. I always thought the geekdaughter’s first time would be at home, with both her parents sharing the experience with her. Which is why I was shocked last weekend when the she had her first experience at a friend’s house…
We were visiting some friends for the first time since they’ve had some home improvements done, including building a new lounge. They now have a kids’ lounge and a grown-ups’ lounge. The grown-ups’ lounge has been beautifully furnished with comfy sofas and the most amazing big screen TV projection system – seriously this screen is in excess of 100 inches! Of course there’s a full surround sound system as well – I must confess to being hugely jealous of the whole setup!
Of course my friend wanted to show his new system off, and the movie he chose to play us, in sparkling Blu-ray HD quality? Star Wars of course.
Yes, of course I was talking about the geekdaughter’s first experience of Stars Wars before… What did you think I was talking about?!
I had already been thinking about how we would introduce the geekdaughter to Star Wars. At the age of four I wasn’t sure she was quite ready for it yet, but the right time wasn’t far of. Of course we would start with the original three films, and we would try to deny the existance of Ewoks and Jar Jar Binks for as long as possible. I had even been conducting research by watching this amazing advisory video on the subject:
But then, in the end it happened in an entirely unexpected way. No build up. No big speeches. Just the movie being put on and the geekdaughter watching. And she loved it! I was amazed – it really has stood the test of time very well.
Unfortunately my friend’s son sat next to her, announcing “that’s Annekin” every time Darth Vadar came onscreen. Thankfully as she hasn’t watched any of the other movies, she had no idea what he was talking about! I think we’ll have to get on and show her the other movies before someone inadvertently lets her know that Luke and Leia are brother and sister…