May The 4th Be With You

In 1977 I, as an eleven year old, stood in line to see Star Wars. I wasn’t alone as the que wrapped around the Eastwood theater. That year I shared a common experience with my friends as we repeatedly went to see this movie. I came to a point where I could recite the script line for line.

The story of A New Hope is not a new one. George Lucas has stated his inspirations many times, but the experience for a young and imaginative kid was not something I have ever been able to repeat. Maybe everyone has that moment they can point to, the first time something kindles that spark.

I find enjoyment in many movies, but I can see the writer behind it. I don’t say I would do that scene better, or I could do that character better. I am saying that when my children ask me, “Why did they do that?” My answer is, because that’s how it was written. I can enjoy watching Star Wars, but I no longer get the joy from the viewing I once did. That time has passed.

To say I am jaded would be wrong, I just know that the wide eyed viewing of a movie so pulled in that the world disappears and all that is left is the screen before me doesn’t happen anymore. I can still feel for what’s happening, and am amazed by the skill of talent before me. I can only hope that at some time a reader might get a bit of the joy I found there in my own story.

Published by David McGillem

David, only son, but third child of Robert and Barbara McGillem, lives as a simple Methodist in Indianapolis Indiana. A long time fan of classic Science Fiction, David has attended conventions throughout the states around Indiana. Proud father of four, that all have some stories to tell, his family has always come first. David has studied geology, architectural drafting, truck driving, has a degree in PC troubleshooting, and currently works as a CNC Machinist. David has been a writer all his life, first forming stories for his friends to put on in the backyard and onto many hours of tabletop RPGs. David lives with his two biggest supporters, Cynthia and Nichole, in a small Victorian house on the near southside spending time roleplaying and upkeeping the house.

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