It seems a bit of a coincidence that only a few hours ago I wrote a post on the importance of stories. Having just clicked ‘publish’, I went to pick up my son from school who greeted me with ‘May the 4th be with you’. Now for you geeks out there, this won’t need explaining. It’s a pun on ‘May the force be with you’ from Star Wars, and that’s why today is ‘International Star Wars Day’. According to Wikipedia, the origins of the pun itself lie in a newspaper headline response to Margaret Thatcher’s May 4th victory in 1979. I think the original Star Wars movie came out around that time (but could be way off the mark here).
It was only 6 months ago, when my son and I were walking down our street. A couple of children were having a jumble sale in their front garden, selling off old toys and dvds etc. On their makeshift stall I spotted an unopened box set trilogy set of Star Wars videos (the first three films, which means parts 4, 5 and 6 of the story). I asked how much, £3 came the reply. What a bargain!
Since then my son has been absorbed by the story, he reads books on the saga and fights light saber duels with his younger sister.
Great stories, and happy children.
May the 4th be with you!