Episode VII is the Christmas present many of us have been waiting to unwrap, the one we have been shaking, hoping its LEGOs and not a new sweater (though, it’s not too hard to tell the difference between the two).
I have been waiting, anticipating, excited.
Then, at the beginning of this semester I realized a dark truth:
Episode VII opened in theaters the last day of finals.
There was a great disturbance in the Force, for I knew that I would either be deep in the midst of finals, or driving home from Utah to California, and attendance to a midnight showing would be unwise (also, it was about 30 degrees – not as cold as other places, but, to this girl from Southern California, that’s really cold. Though, it would make watching Empire Strikes Back while waiting outside a 4D experience).
And so, I have waited, just as the child waits beside the Christmas tree, bouncing and ready to pounce on the wonders hidden in wrapping paper. What is inside is unknown and wondrous. And, do we seek to conspire with our siblings who happened to be with Mom when she was buying presents, and learn the secrets of what’s inside? Do we sneak into the forbidden closet where the presents are hidden before they are shrouded in the mist of ribbons and wrapping paper?
Or, do we constrain ourselves and have patience, letting the anticipation build until the moment of scheduled revelation comes and we can immerse ourselves in unwrapping the gift?
Yet, we must be wary. One year, my mom asked my brother where my dad and oldest sister were, and he answered, “They’re out picking up your rocking chair… I wasn’t supposed to say that.”
Each day that passes between the release of Star Wars Episode VII and the opportunity to watch it is a minefield of such moments, with spoilers leaping from unknown corners to overtake me. However, I have remained vigilent and restrained myself, and wait.
That is, until tonight, when, at last, I can gather with friends and family, and we enter the dark room and settle into cozy seats to see the fate of a beloved series. So far, signs are good.
Even if the movie is not all I hope it to be, I know traveling to that galaxy far, far away will be a fun journey. This is the movie we never thought would happen. This is the movie we pray is better than the prequels. This is the movie which will forever change Star Wars’ destiny.
Note 1: And also, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone (the video below is well worth beginning and last 40 seconds – you can skip most of the middle).
Note 2: I’ve also had to practice patience this past two weeks as my awesome beta readers have been sending me feedback on The Lady and the Frog (Book 2 of the Pippington Tales). However, I forced myself not to look until after I was done with finals.
This is like making a batch of chocolate chip cookies, giving most to your friends, and then having to eat a whole plate of broccoli while your friends tell you how good the co/okies are, before you can partake yourself.
Side Note: I think this is also a great analogy to how many of us feel as we prepare for Episode VII.
Side Note 2: The Washington Post posted this remarkable cross-over between Ken Burns’ Civil War and Star Wars – Hence, we give you, The Galactic Civil War:
18 thoughts on “You Must Learn Patience (And Merry Christmas)”
Yay so glad you’re finally getting to see it! I mean, it’s only 4 days after the release date so not *that* long…
Head over to my blog when you’ve seen it and join the discussion! Let me know if you agree or disagree with my thoughts and others.
While not too long after the release date, I think of it as having waited for this movie for two years. Also, having grown up reading the novels, I want to know how different this future galaxy is than the one started by the Thrawn trilogy.
It’s hard when you make comments like that and I can’t respond haha! I expect a comment on my blog tonight or tomorrow. K? 😉
I will try to do that.
I can’t remember… Did you stay spoiler free as much as possible?
I don’t think I said it outright, but that is my current goal. I haven’t read any reviews, and have only seen notes on Facebook of things like, “That was awesome!”
Did you watch all the trailers? I only watched up to the international trailer i posted on my blog. I stayed away from all TV spots and would change the channel when they came on.
I watched some of the tv trailers and all of the long-form trailers.
The short version is – I just got home from seeing the movie, and it was awesome.
We’re looking forward to seeing it, too.
Do you have plans yet, or are you waiting for the excitement of the holidays to slow down?
Looks like we’ll be seeing it on Christmas Day. A gift to ourselves?
Sounds great to me.
We finally went to see it last Saturday. 🙂 Hope you enjoy! Would love to see your comments/response–reaction blog post coming soon?
I’ll try to write something soon, but might not post it for another week or two – I’ve got Christmas, and then a trip to San Francisco. These real world things complicate things.
What? No Hardware Wars? With Chewchilla, the Wookie Monster?
Ahem. Am I showing my age?
Hardware wars is a good classic, but I can only include so much Star Wars awesomeness in one post.