Happy Anniversary to My Brother, Star Wars!

By Jake Stevens

As a Bicentennial Baby, I have grown up with Star Wars for practically my entire life.  Not one memory that I can recall comes from a time without Star Wars.  Like a slightly older brother, we have spent more time playing together than any of my “siblings”; G.I. Joe, Transformers, M.A.S.K. and He-Man.

The thing that has made Star Wars the sibling that I have bonded most with is that as kid he was always up for playing with my friends,

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and my family.

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Star Wars is really the ideal brother as he gives you his complete attention when its just the two of you

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and yet loves to be shared with the world and put on display for how awesome he is.

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Let’s not forget what when Star Wars shows up at your birthday party he both steals the show 

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and makes the event all that much better

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But like true siblings, Star Wars and I drifted apart for a few years, and while never truly out of mind, we traveled different paths for the later part of the 80’s.

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But even though girls, sports, and other high school distractions took place, Star Wars was still there for me.

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Since the early 90’s we have continued to grow closer and closer again.

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We attend conventions together!

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We still dress up as villains for Halloween together,

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just like when we were kids.

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Meeting celebrities,

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going to baseball games,

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and even vacationing together,

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there’s not a lot we don’t do together,

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and not to mention he also goes with me to work on occasion. 

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One of the main things I appreciate most about my brother is that he helps me to create,

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to write,

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and to express my passion.

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 But if there is one thing I value more than anything else, it is that Star Wars is helping me raise two incredible children!

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Now even though we celebrated earlier this month,

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 today is the real day to remember and be thankful for those in your life who share and support the love, escapism, and playtime we all have with Star Wars, my brother.

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Thank you for always being there Star Wars and as I celebrate you today,

I look forward to many more years together!

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And at the same time cherish the time we have together.

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Happy Anniversary!

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