On this “May The Force (4th) Be With You Day”. I can say I am one of the few who haven’t watched all of the “Star Wars” movies. I haven’t. When I tell people this I usually get a look of disbelief. There is a reason. I do own Disney+ so if I wanted to I could binge-watch them all so that I can right this wrong.

I blame it on my babysitter growing up. I was about 4 years old when the original “Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope” came out in 1977.

First, don’t get me started on the whole “it’s episode 4 but yet the first “Star Wars” movie to come out. That right there may have led me to never watch another one. That, though, is not the reason that was the one and only “Star Wars” movie I have ever watched. Yes, I do still know a lot of the plot lines and revelations. I just never watched the other movies.

So again here I was four years old and my babysitter, Chrissy, who at the time I really loved, took me to the movies. She took me to see “Star Wars”. Now I was four. Was it age-appropriate for me? Maybe not. OK, probably not.

Looking back I know she wasn't taking ME to the movies. She wasn't trying to be nice to me. She was meeting friends of hers at the movies. She was just stuck with me.

I will say that what she said to me when Chewbacca appeared on the screen was not nice at all. She told me if I was not good (hey maybe I was acting up a little bit, I don’t know or maybe she didn't want to be bothered with me when she was with her friends) Chewbacca would come off the screen and get me. Chewbacca! I was four so I didn’t realize he was a good guy and wouldn’t do that. I just know that freaked me out. Pretty bad. Bad enough to never watch another Star Wars movie.

I did one day decide to face my fear. I hung out with Chewbacca. Luckily it was just a mini-Chewbacca at an Amarillo Bulls game but I had to start somewhere.

credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM
credit: Melissa Bartlett, TSM

Since that day at the movie theater, I never ventured past that one episode ever. Episode IV was the one and only Star Wars movie I ever have watched. Should that change? Should I give them a chance? Or should I keep that as one of the quirky things that make me who I am?

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