Already possessing great destructive powers of his own, our 5 year old son has discovered the light sabre through Lego Star Wars. Star Wars has since then become big in our house. At first I was reluctant about this development, since I associated Star Wars mainly with fighting and trying to dominate (the galaxy).
I thought the light sabre would be the bane of my existence, any of you who have boys would know the outcome of it being used as a weapon.
This is where I would like to quote Yoda-the very wise Jedi Master:
“Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight.”
After having pondered this for a couple of days, we managed to steer him away from the “dark side” by pointing out that the Jedi’s are so powerful because of their (mental) force, not the possession of a light sabre, therefore using your mind is stronger than any weapon.
And the strongest of them all is Yoda, who has just about the same height as my son.
Since this day our little Jedi has been training his Force,
The latest edition to the Star Wars collection is the Yoda outfit, which came without a light sabre, which was just as good!
This was also solved with a little bit of creativity. We made a light sabre out of rolled up newspaper combined with coloured paper, but we told our son, imitating Yoda’s voice:
But beware of the aggression; easily it flows, (to the garbage can)