I was still about a year and a half from entering this world when the original Star Wars movie was released into theaters in May of 1977. When the sequel, “The Empire Strikes Back,” came out a few years later, its success and longevity in the theaters ensured it was among the first movies I have vague memories of seeing. The impact that Star Wars had on me, and millions of other kids since then, cannot be overstated. By the time I was 10, I had the original three films pretty much memorized. Because my mom and dad were both awesome, each Christmas and birthday, and trip to Children’s Palace toy store (anyone out there remember the old palace?) saw my collection of Star Wars toys grow. My imagination would run free with new adventures that I would conjure in my mind, given life through massive toy battles spread across the house. It was especially exciting when it snowed outside, and I could bundle up and go re-enact the battle of Hoth out in the backyard/frozen tundra.
Anyway, I’ve had many similar mugs like this one throughout my life, this being only the most recent, given to me by my long time friend, Seth Sharp. Star Wars still holds up for us now that we’re adults, because the underlying themes of its story resonate even louder now. In simplest terms, it is about the idea that good and evil do exist, and they are constantly at war. It is about the decisions we make, and where those decisions cause us to land on the battlefield of life. It is about how pride in our own abilities and knowledge can send us down the path that will corrupt even the purest heart, and it is conversely, about how those enslaved to the darkest evil are never beyond redemption. And it is about how R2- D2 is one cool gangsta!