When I was 10, Star Wars appeared at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Edmonton. Most Sunday afternoons, my mom would take my brother and I to the movies. We had seen every Disney Flick from AristoCats to Escape to Witch Mountain. Any movie that held zero chance of reality instantly captivated my imagination and I would fantasize about those scenarios.
The Paramount was one of those new-old style theatres. Huge red velvet curtains opened when the movie was about to start, there were 2 entrances, left and right. The box office was a single person sitting in a glass booth outside the theatre. One movie showed at a time. This particular afternoon it was Star Wars A New Hope in bold black letters on the outside marquis.
Mom bought the tickets and then we stood in line for the popcorn and drinks. well, a single drink because we always shared. As I scan my memories for crowds, all I can remember is the theatre being so full, my brother, 8 years old, had to sit on my mom’s lap for the movie. We had to sit too close to the screen and off to the side aisle.
We sat in the dark.
The red velvet drapes opened and this large and strange space ship was flying over our heads. I knew it was real because I could HEAR THE SOUNDS behind me, over head and all around me. This was the first time hearing a movie made such an epic response from the entire audience I was apart of.
It was an unbelievable experience.
All you Star Wars fans know how the story continues, but the ending of the movie was by far the most fun for me.
They got a medal mom, A MEDAL FOR BRAVERY MOM! Did you see it MOM? MOOOOOOOM!!!!! Can we go again? I wan that medal MOM! I am brave, I can jump off the shed and pretend to fly, I can skip school for a week and then march in there like nothing happened with you in tow, I can build a raft and play in the pond even though you said its too dangerous. I am BRAVE ENOUGH for that medal MOM!! MOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!
As I grew older, I saw the injustice of Chewy not getting the medal because he was a Wookie. Hello? Leia? HE WAS THE CO-PILOT and was a HERO TOO. Blatant discrimination if you ask me. Han asked Leia to give him one in a private ceremony…I call *Cough *cough…
At any rate, the time has finally come for ME to earn that Yavin Medal for bravery.
I am going to run a 10km on May the Fourth – because that is the best Star Wars holiday EVER. (I will be celebrating it on May the 3rd – my long run day).
This is a virtual race, meaning you can run it anywhere/anytime/anyplace. You get a nifty Yavin bib and the coveted YAVIN MEDAL! THE YAVIN MEDAL MOM! I FINALLY GET THE YAVIN MEDAL!!! All for $30.
The proceeds of the virtual are going to the Do Away With SMA Foundation, a charity that supports research and families in search of a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. You can visit the Charity web site here: DAWS
Now here is the best part:
As a reader of my Edmonton Tourist Chronicles, you get a special coupon code if you want to earn this medal as well (I will let you in on a secret – if you wan the medal just buy it, I am sure you did something brave in your life too. You don’t need to be a runner, just a Star Wars fan/geek!)
Sign up here: Yavin Virtual Race and use the coupon code YEG (its the airport code for Edmonton) to get 10% off!
Step out of your comfort zone because “Travelling through hyperspace ain’t like dustin’ crops, boy!”.