It seems that everywhere I look on the blogosphere everyone is commenting on the first time they saw Star Wars…so I thought I’d join in…or not.
When Star Wars was first released we were in Jackson, Tennessee visiting my grandmother; the same grandmother I’ve mention twice earlier this week. I had a blast at Grandma’s house because there was girl my age and my grade who lived on the next street. My parents could barely keep me at Grandma’s long enough to greet her before I ran out of her house, through her backyard, through Julie’s backyard to her house. Julie and I played for hours on end whenever my family visited Grandma.
Unfortunately, there were no kids in the neighborhood for my brother to play with. (Being older than Julie and I, he wanted nothing to do with our play activities, except for our nightly games of Ghost in the Graveyard, etc., in the dark.) When Star Wars was released, 30 years ago, my dad took my brother as a special treat. I still remember being annoyed that just they were going; I still remember having it explained over and over that I had Julie to spend time with and my brother was bored so this was a special treat; I still remember pointing out that taking along his little sister should not have spoiled the special treat…I still remember not going with them. Can’t you tell what a special treat I was that day!
Here’s the really strange part…I remember not seeing Star Wars, I remember everybody saying it was a great movie, I remember having such high expectations that once I saw it I didn’t enjoy it as much as all my friends, I remember the Star Wars t-shirt I used to have…BUT I don’t actually remember the first time I saw Star Wars! I know, weird, strange, embarrassing; you probably won’t speak to me again. I don’t know where I saw it and I don’t know who I saw it with, except I’m sure it was at a theater. (For the record, I liked the next two movies better, but have only seen the first prequel.)
There you have it…the remembered first time I did not see Star Wars and the forgotten first time I did see it. I do own the original three movies on laserdisc, so maybe I should watch a little this weekend.
(By the by, I do remember the first time I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, but that’s another story and another blog.)