Friday, January 30, 2009

21st Century Weapons

When my brother, sister and I were growing up, circa 1970, one of our favorite games was cowboys and indians.  We have some very cute home movies of my brother wearing his cowboy hat and toting his little six shooter and there I'd be giving orders in the background.  Our parents (read mom) began our childhood as peace-loving flower children and were bound and determined no son of theirs was going to know about or play with toy guns.  They quickly learned that every boy is born knowing about guns, and anything from egg beaters to tinker toys can be turned into a gun.  My brother's favorite gun building media was legos.

Here's a tired cliche: The more things change, the more they stay the same.  True isn't it?  Case in point.  My children have grown up in a 21st Century world and have spent their childhood hours playing out 21st Century battles a la the Star Wars universe.  I don't think our sons have ever seen a six shooter, but everything they have touched has become a light saber. Sticks, pencils, straws, color crayons, and craft sticks have served as their weapon of choice.  This morning Baby Wingnut challenged me to light saber duel with light sabers made of linking cubes.  Watch out universe, here comes Yoda.


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2 comments:

Dawn said...

You are so right! I was just musing over the longevity of Star Wars. Our grandchildren will be dueling and yelling "Luke! I am your father" "Nooooooo!!!"

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Sarah (JOT) said...

I find it all very amusing. Boys will be boys . . . gotta love that!!