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May the Fourth Be With You… And Also With You

May 04, 13 May the Fourth Be With You… And Also With You

In celebration of “May the Fourth be with You,” redOrbit is hosting a series of Star Wars-inspired blogs.

Forgive the religious reference there, but every time I hear, “May the force (or fourth) be with you,” I remember church services and the response was always “And also with you.” I figured if churches can use it, then so can we, the Stars Wars fans of the world.

Okay, so today is Star Wars Day (also known as Luke Skywalker Day), a day for lovers of Star Wars to go crazy with Star Wars. Some people will use it as an opportunity to watch all the movies, cartoons, and YouTube videos they can while others will dress up and be their favorite Star Wars character. Some will gather with their fellow Star Wars fans and discuss the nitty gritty that is Star Wars. Still others will engage in a Star Wars Triviathon. It will be a day of Star Wars extravagance.

Why is today Star Wars Day? According to the Holiday Insights website, Star Wars Day is always on May the Fourth because it is all a play on words. Fourth replaces force as if one with a lisp were saying it.

How did it originate? Well, Holiday Insights says it was all a fluke. Apparently, “In 2005, a German News TV channel N24 interview erroneously translated this famous Star Wars quote. In German, “May the force be with you”, was incorrectly interpreted as “We are with you on May 4th”. We do believe, that if this error had not occurred, someone, somewhere would have created this day.” But who cares? If that is how the day came into existence, I will take it. I mean, come on! A day to celebrate Star Wars…that totally wins.

As a little girl, I was not one who was in love with Luke or Han. I adored Vader. I remember watching his dénouement in The Return of the Jedi and feeling love and satisfaction. I think I even said, “I knew he wasn’t totally bad!” True, part of what I loved about Vader was that he was a bad ass, but I also just knew that there was more to him. He wasn’t just evil. He represented more than that.

Today, he is still my favorite character.

For me, today is a day to think about my dad. I still remember watching all three of the original trilogy movies with him. Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back came out before I was born, but Return of the Jedi was released in 1983, and I actually remember seeing the previews. Well, I have vague memories. All three of these I watched with my dad and older brother. We huddled together on the couch and had our root beer, popcorn, and candy. We were silent through all three movies, just enjoying the story, visuals, and the time together.

Then, when my baby brother was born and old enough, Dad had us watch the movies together again. I think my mom was there that time. We went as a family in the 90s to see the digitally re-mastered versions, and the first two of the newest ones: Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones in the early 2000s. Sadly, my dad died in 2005, just two weeks before the release of Revenge of the Sith, so we could not see it as we had the others.

For me, Star Wars is not just a franchise. Star Wars means family. When I watch A New Hope, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi memories flood me, memories of family, of good times, of happiness. I even feel a bit like the movies themselves are a part of my family. So this year, on Star Wars Day, I’m going to huddle up on my couch, with my root beers, popcorn, and candies, and watch the early three movies. And I’m going to remember my dad. I’m dedicating my Star Wars Day to my dad.

Let me end with, “May the Fourth Be With You…”

Image Credit: StarWars.com

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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  • Anonymous

    I can connect with you in this regard. I know what you mean when you say that these movies remind you of memories of happiness and family. Here is what the Qur’an says about the life of this world:

    http://quran.com/6/32

    So don’t become too attached to it my sister. This life will come to an end and at the time of death. all these moments of joy that we lived through in this world will be left behind and all we will take with us is our deeds.