One of our favorite product collections are our Star Wars t-shirts. Not just because it is what is popular it is because we truly are fans of the Star Wars movies, even the not so great pre-quels are still beloved movies for us.
Star Wars was something my generation grew up with. I wasn't even in kindergarten yet when I saw Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. I recall only bits and pieces of watching it from the back seat of my parents Ford Grenada at the drive in movie theatre in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1980, came Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the huge reveal that Darth Vader wasn't who killed Anakin Skywalker, he *was* Anakin Skywalker and Luke's father. My parents and I saw it at the Rialto Theater in Morrilton, Arkansas. It was huge, I remember playing kickball at school that fall and the kids all talking about it and one of my friends wearing a baseball style shirt what is called a raglan sleeve shirt these days with Darth Vader on it. Yoda had also become a fan favorite.
Then Return of the Jedi comes along in 1983. I remember my parents and I went to dinner and then drove to a large theater in Little Rock to watch the film and my mom almost getting sick when the Rancor ate that pig guard. Apparently the crunching noise was just too much for her. She couldn't take the monkey brains part of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom either. I even remember I was wearing my favorite dress that night. A little pink, yellow and blue peasant style sundress, perfect for May in Arkansas. I fell in love with the Ewoks, I was a little girl of course brave little teddy bears were right up my ally.
Years passed and I married a man who was just as into Star Wars as I was, we could quote the films and did so often. Then our son came along. When he was just 4 years old, just like myself for my first theater experience to see Star Wars. We took him to see Phantom Menace in Conway, Arkansas. His reaction was pure gold. As soon as that big starship appeared on screen and that majestic oh-so-familiar music began to play my husband poked me and pointed at our son. He was sitting with his little mouth dropped open, straw to his drink still at his lips and just staring, unblinking at the huge screen. Many disliked Jar Jar Binks but our son was so young, he found Jar Jar to be hilarious.
When the second film was released, we again went as a family and were thrilled to see another Star Wars film, it wasn't as good as the others but it was still Star Wars and was still likeable.
The third of the prequel films we opted not to go to the movies since we had so much going on at the time in our lives. When we did get to see it on DVD it was from the comfort of home.
Now the latest version, produced by Disney became a new favorite.
Our love of all things Star Wars began in 1977 and continues to this very day. We are looking forward to Rogue One and the next Star Wars movie installment. We can't wait.