Not too long ago, my son (Ethan Capps) mentioned that he found a blog post about himself while searching on Google.
I guess we should stop for a minute and note the apparent science behind the fact that – without any suggestion from me – he had the idea to Google himself. It’s a feat that surely belongs in a science journal.
Anyway, he requested more blogs about him. Apparently, reading about what his dad thinks about sports is, well, rather less than thrilling.
So this one is about the boy.
Sometimes, I feel like I’m missing out a little in terms of having the traditional, sports-heavy father/son relationship with him.
But what we do share is an almost-daily lightsaber duel.
He has an extensive collection of weaponry, including what I estimate to be about 10 official, light-up, honest-to-goodness Star Wars lightsabers.
I wield the red one, favored by Darth Vader, while he uses the blue one – which I believe was inspired by Obi Wan Kenobi.
So, we wander around the house, swinging feverishly at each other with plastic swords. He occasionally cuts off my arm or leg – then gives it back to me by pointing his finger and saying “robotic arm” or “robotic leg.”
We cite movie lines, making up a few things along the way. One interesting thing to note is the fact that, not only am I apparently some kind of Sith Lord, but I’m a “chinny-chin-chin Sith Lord,” which is a reference to my goatee (which is my chinny-chin-chin, so I’m told).
He wins these battles, usually somewhere near 8 p.m. (bath time) by various methods. Usually, he runs me through, giving me a version of the speech Obi Wan gave Anakin in Episode III as he stands over me.
But sometimes, he convinces me to reject the Dark Side of the Force and become a Jedi.
We’ve been calling them “Friendship Endings.”
Reminds me of Mortal Kombat.
So, while I’m not coaching third base at a Little League game, I am fighting for control of a galaxy far, far away…