7.08.2009

How I Spent My Day

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If you have been lurking around this blog for a while, you will know that my boy is a huge Star Wars fan. While he loves the movies and video games, he is truly crazy about the action figures. An enormous washtub in his bedroom is piled high with them.

First thing this morning, the boy asked me if I would like to join him for a massive Star Wars battle. Not wanting to miss out on one of these moments, for they will pass all too soon, I agreed.

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Once our bellies were filled and I was sufficiently caffeinated, the boy and I headed back to his room to get started. As hard as this will be to believe, it took the boy and I two entire hours to set up the battlefield.

Yes, two hours. Just to set up. The child knew exactly what how he wanted things and would settle for nothing less.

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The boy used wooden blocks to build a mountain and various other obstacles to slow down the attack that would be led by Darth Vader. Each block was meticulously placed to provide numerous hiding places and lookouts.

Meanwhile, I dug through the washtub trying to locate all of the members of the Rebel and Empire armies. I was also asked to find all of the appropriate weapons, a task that I was unable to complete without extensive help from my son.

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Eventually, even the boy grew frustrated by how tedious it was to get everything perfectly arranged. He pondered aloud, "I wish I could just imagine how I wanted everything to look and it just would magically appear. Wouldn't it be cool if trees would just grow out of my rug?"

I nodded my head in agreement. I secretly wished that Yoda would appear, use the force, and finish the task. I desperately wanted to get on with the actual playing part.

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After what seemed like an eternity, the action began.

The battle was fairly evenly matched at the beginning. Then, just like in the movies, Vader's army gained the upper hand. If not for Yoda's incredible skill with the light saber, all would have been lost. He handily defeated Vader, and not a moment too soon.

My legs had nearly gone numb from sitting on the boy's bedroom floor for the better part of the day. It was, of course,worth it. Spending time with my boy is one of my favorite things.

2 comment(s). Leave yours!:

mshike said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great day!

kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like the perfect day! What a nice memory to file away.

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