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War Among the Stars

The first time I saw STAR WARS was at the Murray Bridge Drive-In, somewhere between 1982-1986. 

Interestingly it is one of lots of moment in my life that remains a strong visual memory: 

My stepbrothers and I lay in the back of a Toyota Lite-Ace Van, watching tie-fighters chase X-wing-fighters across the starry black sky. Sci-Fi stories had jumped off the page into our minds. 

Now it makes me smile that the EIGHTH episode of the epic is under production for release in 2018. 

Jai will be seven-years-young by then, ready to keep the fan-base alive. 

Let’s hope his mummy is OK by then for him to see it.

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In Memoriam 

Jai received this movie as an early Xmas present last week for being so good one morning.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1998) 

We’ve watched it together six times since! 

Even though he has watched it so many times, he still has a little cry when Rudolph runs away because he is teased for having a red nose.

Interesting fact: The voice of Mrs Claus is the late Debbie Reynolds

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Gotta laugh and be impressed by the ingenuity of Jai, now 4.5yo.

Yesterday he caught five seconds of a trailer for ‘Star Wars Rogue One’ on my laptop. He loved it!

As I turned it on this morning I heard this voice at my feet say “I Want to see that movie I saw yesterday!”

“Hmmm. If your mother says yes, OK.”

He sprints for the bedroom.

I hear him ask “Mummy, can I watch that movie?”, but not the response.

He sprints back to me.

“Mummy said yes.”

“Oh, did she?” I see Sarah down the corridor “… Mummy said you could watch the movie? Did you get a hand-shake contract?”

“A what?”

“A hand shake contract. Repeat after me, hand shake contract. You are going to need it!”

“Ok!” He sprints down the corridor again, and I hear most of the conversation. I see him shake hands with his mother!

“Big mistake Mummy. Did you ask which movie he wants to see?”

“Um, no.” We were speaking down the corridor, unable to see each other, but I know she is not smiling.

“And now he has a contract. Binding in a family court of law. I watched the transaction. ROGUE ONE FOR EVERY ONE!”

“Oh, no. Nope, not gonna happen.”

Sigh. Poor little fellow. His first business transaction. Thankfully billionaires of the planet say that failure is important to succeed.

O'Reilly Books

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Star Kids

It was a proud moment when I found Jai playing with an aluminum-cast Millennium Falcon and Tie-Fighter.

I bought them a few years ago, just before the 1-minute-of-Mark-Hammil epic. They were meant to be figurines to display in my geek-shed. When I dismantled the shed, both were ceremoniously dumped in with the kids toys. Well, they are toys.

But Jai hadn’t taken any interest. So I returned them to a shelf beside my bed.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2
This morning Jai jumped over our bed, slid over the other side, Dukes-of-Hazard style (though he said Shaun the Sheep does it!), and stopped to stare at my book shelf.

Pointing up, “What are they?”

Oh boy, he finally noticed them. “You want to play with them?”

“Yes please!” Okay, I had to remind him to use the magic word.

“Well, you are now known as Jai Solo. Aidan can be … Baby Fett!”

The Complete Saga (Star Wars) It was a fun three minutes of his version of Star Wars. We didn’t do the Kessel run in twelve parsecs, but the universe was destroyed by teddy bears, ‘slobber-glue’ covered the earth, and Baby Fett tried to eat the Millennium Falcon.

Then they were offered sliced apple … and the moment was over.

Though Jai is still calling his little brother ‘Baby Fett’. Gotta love it.

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 Day 1 as SAHD

My first official day as a SAHD – A Stay At Home Dad – whilst my wife and MIL went out and repotted bees from nucs to hives.

Shaun the Sheep: Series 2 What did I and the boys do?

  1. DVD complete series of Shaun the Sheep. Twice.
  2. Lot of tickling, giggling & cuddles from both boys.
  3. Aidan learnt to jump 30cm – from a step-stool to the floor.
  4. My knee is almost worse than before I damaged it.
  5. Bitten once. Aidan was clearly frustrated and missing his mum.

Sigh. But I know I can handle it.

What doesn’t kill me will surely make me stronger. Right? Please tell me it’s true?!