*This post is part of a link up started by Jenmarie over at Anakin and His Angel. Each month she has a different galactic topic for us to explore and write about. This month we’re talking about who we love to share our love of Star Wars with!
My first memory of Star Wars was walking through our local grocery store as a preschooler. It was 1999, and The Phantom Menace was about to come out. Right in the middle of the store was a huge display of Queen Amidala in her regal red gown. I honestly was terrified of her! Neither of my parents were into Star Wars so it wasn’t something that I was immersed in as a child. I’ll admit that I thought Darth Vader was “Dark Vader” and a lightsaber was a “lightsaver” for the longest time. In 5th grade, my class watched TPM at science camp, and I even fell asleep in the middle of it! (I’m honestly ashamed of my pre-Star Wars fandom life!)
However, by the time I hit middle school I was a little more open to the story. I watched the prequels at a friend’s house and fell in love. (My first celebrity crush was Hayden Christensen, and I’ll admit I still have a crush on episode 3 Anakin!) The rest is history. But my family still wasn’t into it. I had quite a few friends in high school that liked Star Wars though, so I loved getting to share my love for it with them! My friends and I even dressed up as the characters for Spirit Week! (My costume consisted of black sweat pants, a black sweatshirt, and a plastic Darth Vader mask that was borrowed from a first grader- we all gotta start somewhere right? Too bad I don’t have a photo, but that was pre-Facebook days!)
Now that I’m grown, I still don’t have a specific person that I can share my Star Wars love for. But I’m a teacher, and I LOVE getting to share my love for it with my students. We listen to the soundtracks in class every day. When we’re working I play ambient sounds from the Death Star. We have a porg as our “class pet.” BB-8 and my meager Star Wars funko pop collection are on display on my bookshelf. I use a lightsaber toy as a pointer. In May (my birthday month!), we celebrate Star Wars Day, and I go all out with Star Wars decorations. It’s a lot of fun!
One of the coolest parts about it is that I’ve converted many of my students into fans as well! I have a lot of kids who now draw Star Wars pictures during their free time or discuss the movies together. And what I love the MOST is that it’s not just the boys in my class, but the girls too! If there’s one thing I want to accomplish with sharing my fandom with my students is that I want to show my girls that it’s okay to like science! It’s okay to like science fiction! It’s okay to like Star Wars! And it’s TOTALLY okay to be a fangirl about it!
How about you? I’d love to hear how you share Star Wars with the people you love in the comments below! You can also join in on all of the fun with Star Wars ComLINKS by clicking the link on the photo below!