The Making of a Jedi

 This is an excerpt of a blog I wrote in April 2012 on my blog site at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County, “Metamorphosis”.  Five years later, it seems as relevant as ever.

My son and I went to Disneyland for spring break.  “Fun we had!” said Yoda at the Jedi Training Academy we attended.

Yes, indeed, fun we had.

Of all the attractions we visited, the Star Wars Jedi Training Academy was definitely his favorite.  At this attraction, a crowd of would-be young Jedi warriors gathers (with parents in tow), waiting excitedly as the Jedi masters come out to choose the next class of trainees.  We went to three trainings before he was chosen.

After the second time of not being chosen, he decided to try new measures to get noticed – and to get his bright shining light of the Force visible – to the Jedi masters.  We found a piece of cardboard and wrote on it “JEDI” in large letters.  This was his idea.  He then sat front and center an hour before the next training academy, sign in hand, waiting to be chosen.

Mouse ears on his head, sign held high, determined look in his eyes – he was not going to be missed this time.

And chosen he was.

“The Force is strong with this one,” we heard Yoda say from the speakers.  (He was apparently watching from some distant corner of the Universe, overseeing the preparation of this new young class of light bearers.)

I was a very proud Mama as I watched him learn to yield the light saber carefully and responsibly (and take an oath that if he used it for anything but the way it was directed, back to the crowd he would return)!  He had his chance to battle Darth Vader’s father – and win.  And then he and his class were given certificates as young Jedis in Training.

“Size matters not.  Look at me.  Judge me by my size, do you?  Hmm? And well you should not.  For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.  Life creates it, makes it grow.  Its energy surrounds us and binds us. 

Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.  You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.”  ~ Yoda

My son has been playing the part of superhero since he was big enough to walk.  He is gentle on the inside, even shy at times, like many kids his age, but he faces fear with strength and questions everything that seems to be out of order in our world.

I will do my best to keep up with him and his young and fierce commitment to the Force.

“Do or do not.  There is not try. May the Force be with you.” ~ Yoda

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