F5 : Five Words That Rocked My Childhood

“No.  I am your father.”

Darth Vader to Luke in “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”

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My Dad took me to see this when it came out since he and I were huge “Star Wars” fans — my mom, not at all (still not at all, despite my best efforts.  Side story:  She fell asleep when I took her to see “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.”  Sigh.)  We walked out of the theater and he asked me if I’d liked it.  I nodded.  He asked me if I was okay.  I nodded.  He asked me if I was sure I was okay.  I nodded, then burst out, “He can’t be Luke’s father!”  I was so upset that night I went home and went right to bed.

It sounds silly, but that was a pivotal moment for me as a child.  It was the moment I realized good people can come from bad people/places.  I was so shocked that someone as good as Luke could come from someone as evil as Darth Vader that it took me a couple weeks to really process it.  Of course, that also gave me a good excuse to make my Dad take me to see it several more times.  😉

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about: I’ve had an idea kicking around in my head about doing a new “feature” here called Friday Five.  Anything from lists to words to … whatever this chaotic mind of mine dreams up, as long as it’s done in fives.  Suggestions are always welcome and if anyone else wants to participate, I’d love it.  Anything goes as long as it’s a five in some fashion.  =)

Six Word Saturday … 6/29/13

“Open your mind, open the universe.”

— woman holding a sign as Ellie leaves the hearing in D.C.

Jodie Foster as Ellie Arroway in Contact. 1997 © Warner Bros.
Jodie Foster as Ellie Arroway in Contact. | 1997 © Warner Bros.
This book/movie had a profound impact on me.

Young Ellie: “Dad, do you think there’s people on other planets?”
Ted Arroway:  “I don’t know, Sparks. But I guess I’d say if it is just us… seems like an awful waste of space.”

* in response to 6WS at Show My Face

“The Trees Are Funny …”

We’re expecting moderate to severe storms here tonight (we’ve got everything from tornado warnings/watches to severe thunderstorm warnings/watches, and don’t forget the flood warnings/watches). I know that no one would wish for dangerous weather but… it slays me how excited the weathermen get when they’re able to break into broadcasts with updated weather alerts. This is their time to shine.


When I took Sam outside a few minutes ago, the trees were really swaying and my wind chimes were singing loudly. Moments like this, my mind goes back to things that freak me out, like “The Happening” (yes, the idea that the trees were getting back at us for our crimes against nature got to me. I admit it unabashedly.). Or that moment in “War of the Worlds” where Dakota Fanning says, “The trees are funny,” and you just know some bad shit is about to happen. I remember when I walked out of the theatre after seeing that, the wind was gusting, and watching the trees bend made me think of that scene. (I still do. Obviously since I’m posting about it here.)

Photo ©Paramount Pictures
Photo ©Paramount Pictures

This is one of the few things that I love about being me. I can see the same movie twenty times, and each time I notice something new, or find a new scene or quote to entertain myself. And in times of (possible) bad weather like this, I think of the above mentioned movies. I also think of “Twister” and that iconic moment when everyone is at the drive-in and the wind howls.

Have a safe night everyone. I’ll be curled up on the couch watching weather disaster movies and freaking myself out. 😉


Dusty: Jo, Bill, it’s coming! It’s headed right for us!
Bill: It’s already here!