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October 30, 2009

The Power of Nostalgia

Image: Flickr/Nukamari

Image: Flickr/Nukamari

Hey troops –
I ran across this website this morning and spent way too much time laughing hysterically at the various poses. I think what thrilled me more than the actual pictures was the way in which I was transported to my own youth in looking at them.

In 3rd grade, I was utterly obsessed with Star Wars (for the record, I said I was a “Luke Skywalker girl” because all my friends said that we would look cute together, but I secretly yearned for the dark and mysterious Han Solo as evidenced by my 18″ action figure I kept under my pillow). I used to bring my Darth Vadar mask/figurine carrying case over to Jimmy Murphy’s house and we would spend hours in his backyard recreating Tatooine out of his mother’s flowerbeds, which I’m sure she appreciated.

There was real magic in those action figures. I would save my allowance for weeks so that I could go to the store and pick out just the right new character to add to my collection. Would I go with the coveted Boba Fett with the rocketlauncher strapped to his back or would I round out my cantina collection with Greedo, Jaba the Hut’s lackey who threatened my Han? The choice each month was excruciating.

I love thinking back on the girl that I was then. 8 years old, a mouth full of braces and not a care in the world. It wasn’t long after that summer that those action figure days were over. I moved on to smurfs in an attempt to be more girlie and started chasing boys soon after that. So, it’s small pleasures like stumbling upon this website that allows me to visit that girl, if even for just a moment.

I miss her. She was spunky and creative. She wasn’t worried about mortgages and tonight’s dinner plans. And then I catch glimpses of her in my own children when they don’t know I’m watching and I realize something. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Because I do take care of those adult issues that aren’t nearly as fun as posing Luke and Leah in questionable poses (something I actually went to confession for after finding out they were brother and sister) – my own kids can be silly and carefree just a little longer. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

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