Darth Sammy

Sam just tried to put Darth Vader’s helmet on. The only trouble is that his Darth Vader is a Lego minifig, so the helmet immediately got lost in a single curl.

Then Will pointed out that Sam has no idea Anakin, hero of the Clone Wars, is going to become a bad guy. This is worse than telling him about Santa, only for him to find out later that we are big fat liars.

10 thoughts on “Darth Sammy

  1. Katherine

    January 22, 2009 at 10:14pm

    I don’t know why people assume that their kids will be resentful about Santa (not that you are, I think you are being facetious). I’m really glad my parents gave me Santa.

    But the Anakin thing… you are so fucked.

  2. Annika

    January 22, 2009 at 10:20pm

    It’s true, I was being facetious about Santa. I am a little bit torn on it, but it’s got nothing on this Anakin problem.

    My best chance is that he is little enough that he’ll just accept it without dissecting it at all.

    Related Anecdote: When Eamon saw the prequels, he had trouble understanding how the Clone Troopers could go from being on good guys to being bad guys – so he explained to Will that it was DIFFERENT Clone Troopers. I love kids.

  3. Lucretia

    January 23, 2009 at 4:49am

    “Darth Sammy” – the less-menacing little brother of Vader.

    “Cower before me!”

    “Well, I can’t, you’re really small.”

  4. B

    January 23, 2009 at 6:32am

    I do not envy you this problem. Not one bit. However, if Sam were 25 years older, I’d so marry him. Love him.

  5. existential waitress

    January 23, 2009 at 11:41am

    I just realized this same problem regarding Anakin. I even attempted to explain the story-line to my 5 year-old Clone Wars fan, who became very defensive – “he is NOT a BAD guy!” I think I’ll just let this one go for the time being.

  6. KS

    January 25, 2009 at 8:10am

    We got sucked into the Santa thing because of my oldest daughter’s friends (who told her about Santa at a time I didn’t feel like she was old enough to be told, “well, there’s no Santa but you can’t tell anyone that”) and so this year, I decided it was time to start planting the seed thsat some people don’t believe in Santa, and he’s more like “the spirit of Christmas” (which used to make me twitch because I’m not even Christian). So we had the kids watch Miracle on 34th Street, Well, by the end, my oldest was all, “I don’t really get why they think he’s crazy?” and my husband and I were blubbering going, “WE believe!”

    It didn’t help that Santa and Mrs. Claus were driving north behind us on the highway a few days before Christmas, or that a mysterious and unexplained item appeared in my husband’s stocking either. I think we’re doomed.

  7. CosmicAvatar

    January 25, 2009 at 8:46am

    I never even thought of the fact that today’s kids approach Anakin’s story from the opposite angle from the one we did with the original trilogy. Oh, dear…

  8. Delle

    January 26, 2009 at 6:54am

    Surely, if Sam is trying to put the Darth Vader helmet on himself, he’s going to be OK with Anakin becoming Darth Vader?

    I think I’ll leave the Star Wars education for my husband. I’m afraid the clone troopers move from the side of good to the side of evil (and whatshisface being in charge of both sides of the war) lost me a bit.

    As for Santa, to me it is no different than Bob the Builder. I’m not going to ban him from enjoying all things Bob, just because Bob isn’t absolutely literally true. It might help that I can tell my son that I really do, honestly believe in Santa (if not as a literal being).

  9. Annika

    January 26, 2009 at 8:23am

    I am actually pretty delighted that Sam is so young, because I think he will not see Anakin’s fall to the dark side as a betrayal but as The Way Things Are. If he were five or six I think it would be really hard for him, but at two and a half I am not so worried.

    I am still not sure who Bob the Builder is but I think I agree in principle there.

  10. Delle

    January 30, 2009 at 2:19pm

    I guess Bob is a bit of a British reference. Rohan is obsessed (I think it’s the talking vehicles. He loves all things vehicular).

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