A Family Affair: Star Wars the Force Awakens

A Family Affair: Star Wars the Force Awakens

Parallels, Nostalgia, and Emotions

So I just came back from seeing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" movie, and it was awesome. I cannot accurately express to y'all how happy I am and how my inner child is so happy too.

At the movie theater, I was surprised to see a lot of families there. When I was little, my dad took my younger brother and I to see "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" in movie theaters, so Star Wars has always been something my family and I bonded over together.

As a kid, I was not that obsessed with Star Wars, I mean my younger brother and I would have light saber fights, but that's about it. I did not dress up as the characters or amass Star Wars momentos, but Star Wars has still been a huge part of my life.

"The Force Awakens" gave me a sense of nostalgia to the previous movies, and I could tell many people my age and the parents with their own kids also shared this sense of nostalgia. Their kids hopefully will want to watch all the Stars Wars movies now as I did after I saw Episodes II and III.

What gave me a sense of nostalgia? After watching "Stars Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" you will understand what I mean when I say there are so many parallels between "A New Hope" and "The Force Awakens." These parallels that I picked up on reminded me of the happiness and excitement I felt while watching "A New Hope" with my family, and seeing "The Force Awakens" with them was icing on the cake to this nostalgia.

If you haven't seen "The Force Awakens" yet, here's your warning of spoilers.

Seriously, get out while you can.

This is your final warning to stop scrolling.

Okay, so let's just take a moment to appreciate the parallel of Luke Skywalker and Rey. They both wear similar clothes, and both come from remote planets where they spent their time gathering and selling junk.

The droid BB-8 is similar to the droid we all love R2-D2 in that BB-8 is loyal to his master Poe, much like R2-D2 was loyal to Luke. Also, Poe and Luke are both pilots who flew for the Republic, and helped blow up the Empire's Death Star and the First Order's Starkiller Base.

Han Solo and Chewbacca are still our favorite dream team. And, Han has as much charm as he did when he was younger, and can we all say that Harrison Ford has aged really well?

Rey did not know she was a Jedi until she met Han Solo and was kidnapped by the Kylo Ren masked man, but she learned how to use the force. And, she used the force the same way Obi-Wan used the force against the Storm Troopers who were trying to take C3PO and R2-D2 from Luke. The force is a concept explained in more detail in "A New Hope" than in "The Force Awakens" but the importance of the force is crucial to understanding the entire Star Wars series.

The general who served Darth Vader often failed to follow through much like the general did under Kylo Ren, so Darth Vader and Kylo Ren often took the matter into their own hands.

Nostalgia was felt, but I still encourage everyone to see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" with your family, or friends, or significant other. The Star Wars series has personally been a family event and bond for me, and I want other people to be able to share this experience too. It is so much fun to nerd out with my parents and younger brother!

For those who have not seen any of the Star Wars movies, I hope you will watch them! When your friends scoff and gasp when you tell them you have not seen any of the beloved Star Wars movies, I assure you they still like you (hopefully), and remember:

May the force be with you.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.


Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.


Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.



You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.


You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.


The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers


You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.


The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"


The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution


This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi


Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters


You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs


Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.



Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets


Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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