Autism, Star Wars in 3D, and A Parent’s Love of Special Interests

Tonight we are planning an outing to the theatre to view Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D. H is revving up (in a good way) and Star Wars is increasingly becoming the topic of conversation as the day progresses. Personally – I find it delightful.

I can see already that the day is going to be peppered with questions to me about my Star Wars perspectives and a certain pride overcomes me that I can (almost) keep up with the intense and rapid recall of H’s vast mental catalogue of facts and observations. H is dipping back into a topic of intense interest that has been present for many a year (ok – pretty much his whole life) but is no longer the focus of his day-to-day routine. What I notice is that the return to these familiar interests as they rotate through his now variety of interests – is like visiting an old friend.

And… I am rightwhich is not always the case, but it’s nice when it happens. H is in his room making his bed. He asks me, “Mom, can I bring a lightsaber to the theatre… on my belt?”

Me: “Sure!”

H: “Mo-omm…” in that familiar two-syllable from-the-other-room call, “When did you first see a purple lightsaber?”

Me: “I believe it was Mace Windu

H: “Yes – that was in The Phantom Menace – but you didn’t actually see his lightsaber in that episode. You could see him in the Jedi council – but he didn’t have his lightsaber out so you couldn’t see its colour. You don’t get to see it until Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones.”

As he is rummaging for something in his room I hear the singsongy chant of happiness: “It’s Star Wars Day, Star Wars Day!! Star Wars Day…!!! Yay!

H is still rummaging…

Dooo, doo, do, do do do do doooo doooo” H’s version of the Star Wars theme drifts through the house.


I need to find my Jedi belt.”


Mom – do you think I should bring my new Darth Maul lightsaber??”

I respond: “Well – it is really big and it doesn’t have a belt clip.”

You’re right!!

Me: “You can wear your Jedi cape if you want to though.”

H: “Mom… I love you… I am almost looking like a Jedi.”

A bit later H is checking out Google images to see what he should do with his hair. He ends up looking at cool Star Wars stuff:  “Oh… mom!! I love this site!! Think Geek! Look there is a Tauntaun sleeping bag… but it doesn’t make you stink. Look there is a telescope ring. See??? LOOK!! Mom!!

Wow!! A light saber umbrella!! You gotta see this!! It is sooo cool! Mom – isn’t that epic?!!

I look over and see him decked out with a lightsaber, his Star Wars Commtech strapped to his belt, jeans and a Star Wars shirt… even a little pouch full of change which he is referring to as republican credits

The movie is still 9 hours away… this is going to be an exciting and interesting day!


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About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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11 Responses to Autism, Star Wars in 3D, and A Parent’s Love of Special Interests

  1. Bev Leroux says:

    Thank you for sharing this special joyous day with us.


  2. Esther says:

    Praise God I only have to keep up with Barbies and fairies!!!!!


  3. He is all over you with the Star Wars trivia. I would have said Episode 1 and been just as wrong.


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Yes… I watched closely when we saw the movie the other night!! H was completely correct and I am again in the dust – but quite happily so. He also informed me that Yoda is different in this new version of Star Wars Episode I. The kid misses nothing!!

      In all honesty, my favourite part of the movie was watching H watch the movie!!


  4. quirkyandlaughing says:

    That is the cutest thing! All decked out with 9 hours to go. What a little angel 🙂


  5. Maryann for Matthew's Puzzle says:

    Awesome! SW has become a huge topic here too. My baby turned 7 on Friday and all he wanted was a green light saber. He got it. He also had a mad science party where he got to help with the experiments! It rocked.


  6. E's Dad says:

    Cute post! My 7 yr. old son w/ DS loves StarWars & knows all the characters, planets, spaceship types..! For Dress Up Day at school, he went as Darth Maul… We’ll have to take him to the Movie. BTW, you might really enjoy the StarWars’ ride & Jedi Youngling -Darth duels at Disney World Hollywood Studios – just register 1st thing if you want your child to be one of the Jedi Younglings dueling Darth Vader!


  7. Gretchka says:

    Love your story!! My kid shifts from one “obsession” to the other, Barney, Dragon Balls, Mazinger, He Man, Star Wars (didn’t help at all that DH was a Star Wars collector.. Went to the movies to see each of the prequels like 10 times and have a basement full of everything from action figures to store displays), WWE… And I’ve had to become an expert on all of those… Have so much useless trivia knowledge in my head, sometimes I’m scared something really important, like driving, might fall off my brain :/ His latest obsession? Basketball shoes… Love ordering shoes for him, replicas of vintage shoes, but drives me nuts at times too!!!


  8. Loved reading this. Star Wars is big in our house too. DH took our 7 yo to see this movie the other day and the look on his face when they returned was worth the price of admission — literally grinning ear-to-ear. DH said from the moment the theme began and “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” came on screen, he was almost bursting out of his skin — and remained captivated for the rest of the movie. So wonderful to give them these experiences 🙂


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