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As a former high school track coach, I know a few things about running relay races. One of the most critical aspects is passing the baton. Team members must be precise in their timing, be cautious when passing the baton to the next team member, and should run a few steps with the next team member as the baton is handed over. This helps ensure that the baton safely made the transition.

This idea first really hit me hard at Celebration IV in 2007. My boys were 7 and 5 at the time, and I was away from them for my first voluntary extended period. I saw kids all over the place with their parents, reveling in the sights and sounds of the convention. It wasn’t until I saw this little boy…

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…that it hit me like a Wampa. I am part of the first generation of Star Wars fans! I am helping to pass the baton to the next generation! As I watched that little boy and took his picture, it brought forth some very powerful emotions for me. It was at that moment that I made it my goal and sacred mission to be sure to do everything I could to pass that baton.

My heart overflowed with every sight after that, witnessing child after child as they experienced the fun of the event, and seeing parent after parent “running” with them as they ensured that the baton of fandom would be passed to their hands. At that time, I could only hope that my boys would be willing to do the same for their children someday, and that as a family, we may all be able to experience the unique bonding that Star Wars provides.

100_0607 (one of my favorite candid shots of my youngest Padawan in 2007)

PIC_0283( First successfully completed Lego kit! 2007 )

 

 

 

 

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I also felt it important to allow my kids to see me as an adult having fun with my fandom. I wanted them to witness the lifelong joy it can bring to be a Star Wars fan, or as a fan of anything for which you have a passion. There have been many, many “fangirl nights” at my house, and at the abodes of my comrades in arms.

One of my favorite memories of passing the baton is when my Padawans were involved in helping host a Star Wars-themed baby shower for one of my best friends. The boys took great pride in making sure the new baby was going to be greeted in prime Star Wars fashion. I truly believe that in their own way, they were passing the baton as well! That “baby” is now going into first grade, and is indeed a Star Wars fangirl in the making!

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 With the new era that Star Wars is entering, I think it will be easier than ever for my kids, and the other kids of this generation, to pass that baton.

That being said, I must admit, when the Disney buyout/takeover happened, my initial reaction was: “Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!”

I LIKED that Indie, mysterious, almost “in the know” kind of feeling that being a Star Wars fan had (many of you know what I mean…)! After all, my boys were nursed on the Star Wars legacy, fed its legends and taught its ways in a very particular fashion. We watched the movies in a certain order and we reveled in the treasures of the much-elusive merchandise and hard-to-find trinkets, toys and memorabilia. It was very much a quest – and not an easy one – for me as a mom to be able to pass that on to my kids. I actually liked that challenge!

Obviously, I have more than warmed up to the idea of this new era, and of course I now realize that this is the BEST thing that could have ever happened to Star Wars. We have a new, bright shiny baton!

Star Wars is entering into a new, golden age. With the evolution of all that has been, we are now graced with a very exciting time right now, and in the indefinite future as well.
I know we are all excited about the new movies, Rebels, new comics, new canon and new books on the horizon. There are so many ways to be connected with everything Star Wars!

This newest era of the Star Wars legacy is in the hands of those of us who have been with it from the beginning, and through all the changes the franchise has endured thus far. We hold the baton and all it stands for. It is our solemn duty to safely transfer that legacy to the next generation. Star Wars will always live because of the connections we all feel, its traditions, and the lessons we can all learn and share, no matter how old or young we are.

I firmly believe that the baton will transition with pride, care and integrity…for generations to come. Pass it with pride, my friends!

Star Wars really IS forever!

As always, comments and questions are always welcome!

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15 Comments

  1. Melinda
    July 18, 2014 at 10:26 Reply

    A cup of coffee within easy reach … check! Tucked comfortably in my chair … check! No interruptions expected … check (I hope 😉 )! Even clad in my CWK t-shirt to boot … check!

    I settled down for what I knew would be an enjoyable read. I was NOT disappointed! 😀

    I LOVED THIS ENTRY!!! 😀

    more…

  2. Melinda
    July 18, 2014 at 10:35 Reply

    Jay, this was beautifully written — you wove this story so well. I was smiling from ear to ear (figuratively speaking, of course 😉 ) as I read each word. 😀 I’ve had the pleasure to meet your wonderful boys — what great padawans they are! — at the baby shower you mentioned. They were endearing, and from everything you’ve ever said about them, that simple fact has not changed one iota through the years. 🙂

    Isn’t it wonderful to see your padawans take to something you enjoy so much? You know, if it didn’t happen that wouldn’t be the worse thing in the world (close, but not THE worse thing 😉 ). But it’s a wonderful experience when the entire family can enjoy Star Wars (or anything, for that matter) together. 🙂

    I’m sorry I missed you at CVI. It would have been super to see all 3 of you again after so many years. I hope you had as great a time as Caitlin and I did. 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this. 🙂 The baton has been transferred successfully. Now, the boys can run with it! 😀

    Here’s to the next generation!!!

    MTFBWY 🙂

    1. Jay Krebs
      July 19, 2014 at 20:57 Reply

      So glad I could bring a smile to your face as you enjoyed your coffee! 🙂

      I know you understand first-hand how much we – as parents for whom Star Wars has been a way of life – desire to pass down that love and passion to our children.

      We sure have been able to share in such wonderfully special times, haven’t we? I can’t help but to smile when I think of CIV, Erica’s baby shower, and the community we helped build. It truly brings “warm feelings to my heart,” as Yoda would say!

      I was able to briefly meet up with Pam and Erica at CVI. I wish I had a way to contact you – I would’ve loved to see you!

      Thanks so much for your kind words about my boys. You know, it’s very heartening to me to see my boys’ individual fandom for things blossom. For example, my oldest is a die-hard Pokemon and Legend of Zelda fan. He’s 14 now, and for some boys entering into high school, admitting fandoms such as those can be somewhat difficult. The struggle to “fit in,” “look cool” or whatever can cause us to toss aside our true selves. I know I did that to some degree when I was a teen, especially as a girl and a Star Wars fan. So I really do swell with pride when I see him being so proud of his passions and flaunting them. The number of Zelda t-shirts he has actually rivals the number of Star Wars tees *I* have! 🙂

      My youngest is still a true Star Wars fan through-and-through. Clone Commandos, vehicles and weapons are his specialty areas, but he has such a love for the saga as a whole as well.

      It will be interesting to see what their fandom evolves into as they become adults!

  3. pambruchwalski
    July 18, 2014 at 11:23 Reply

    MEMORIES!!!!!!! I love all the pics. Love them. Because most of my kids are older, my experience with passing the baton has been somewhat different. #4 inherently loved Star Wars and I saw all of the PT premieres with him. #3 is a geek like mom when it comes to superheroes but SW not quite so much. #5 LOOOOVED joining me for C6 and SW in Concert. #’s 1 & 2, not so much. But perhaps my geekdom rubs off on all of them in ways I don’t yet know. The point is, as you so aptly pointed out, that they learn that play lasts forever, fun has no age limit, and that their imaginations have more value than gold. Star Wars IS forever!! Love this and love you. …always amidalooine…

    1. Jay Krebs
      July 19, 2014 at 21:05 Reply

      Memories, indeed! It’s just insane how fast time really does fly…!

      You know, I sincerely believe your passion for everything you love has had a HUGE hand in making each one of your amazing kids who they have become. (Since I am proud to say I know each and every one of them, I can say that! 🙂 )

      Your example, your commitment to everything you hold dear, your ability to be young at heart, no matter how many birthdays pass…YOU…THAT is how you’ve passed your baton. You should be very proud to be able to say that you’ve instilled that sense of passion, wonder and curosity in each one of your kiddos, albeit in perhaps a slightly different way for each one! That’s a huge accomplishment, and an amazing legacy! 😀

      Love you too, my dear friend!!

      1. pambruchwalski
        July 22, 2014 at 18:09 Reply

        xoxoxo. Thank you. That’s all I wanted to say.

  4. Erica
    July 18, 2014 at 13:39 Reply

    What a trip down memory lane! I remember you taking that pic of the little boy at C4 and saying something like “this is what it’s all about for me.” And what a surprise to see a pic of that awesome baby shower. That was an amazing time for me.

    I love your positive attitude about all of this change. We are so lucky to have more SW in our lives to enjoy with our friends and families.
    xoxo Awesome entry 🙂

    1. Jay Krebs
      July 19, 2014 at 21:17 Reply

      That’s so sweet of you to remember my reaction at CIV! It was such a magical time, but unfortunately there is so much of that experience I’m sure I have probably forgotten… 🙁

      We have certainly shared some special lifetime moments together! I love the fact that we are able to live and re-live different phases and stages that our kiddos are going through together, because of the fact that we’re such close friends. It really does allow me (us) to continue to view the whole Star Wars experience through many different lenses, doesn’t it?!

      Change is inevitable. Like I said, I ceratinly wasn’t happy at first (as you know through our many conversations..), but I’ve decided I could either embrace it and grow, or reject it and possibly lose more than I could imagine. Some days are still difficult, but that’s my problem, and I know I’ll get over it eventually!! 😀

      XOXOXO

  5. Becca Benjamin
    July 18, 2014 at 21:36 Reply

    Oh my goodness, look how they’ve grown! You have such handsome boys, Jay 🙂
    Loved reminiscing with each picture, even the events I was unable to be a part of.
    And so it goes, from generation to generation. Star Wars is like a time continuum, it’ll continue to exist; timeless 🙂
    Great Entry!

  6. Jay Krebs
    July 19, 2014 at 21:21 Reply

    Thanks for the compliments! Yep – they just had their sports physicals the other day. Kyle Katarn is 5’10” and Kolby-Wan is 5’6″ !!!

    It seriously does blow me away to think that of all franchises to exist in cinematic history, Star Wars really will be around forever, and will continue to evolve from generation to generation! We are part of something very, VERY special, indeed!!!

  7. Star Wars Kidscast (@SWKidscast)
    July 20, 2014 at 21:28 Reply

    It truly is a wonderful time to be a Star Wars fan and specifically to be a fan parent! I started doing what I do with Star Wars Kidscast blog & podcast because I knew there’s a lot of parents who share their love of SW with their kids. There’s also kids who discover a love of SW on their own – the parents are the ones playing catch-up! SW has something for everyone and I can’t say that for many other sci-fi, fantasy or other genre franchises. Great post! Thanks for sharing, Chris

  8. Star Wars Kidscast (@SWKidscast)
    July 20, 2014 at 21:38 Reply

    Just a quick extra thought: my first thought about hearing news of the Disney acquisition wasn’t a fists-raised Vader NOOOOOOO but it wasn’t a jump for joy either. But I quickly came to the thought: what’s the alternative? Who ELSE could handle Lucasfilm better after George retires or joins the Force? What if it was just sold to the highest bidder regardless of their plans (reboots, remakes)? Even worse, what if the Star Wars property was suddenly tied up in all sorts of legal battles that meant no new movies or new ANYTHING? That sort of thing happens in Hollywood. I feel our beloved franchise is in the best hands possible, all things considered.

    1. Jay Krebs
      July 22, 2014 at 14:26 Reply

      Hi, Chris!
      So excited to have your input on this entry! Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by! 🙂

      You’re absolutely right about the Disney acquisition. I can’t think of better hands to pass THIS baton 😉 ! After all, judging by the other aquisitions, Marvel in particular, I do feel there’s been some great things that have happened. I’m just an “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” kind of gal, so I think that’s why it was so hard for me to wrap my head around it at first!

      STAR WARS IS FOREVER!!! 😀

  9. Aaron Harris
    July 21, 2014 at 19:34 Reply

    Great blog Jay! Passing the baton is something we Star Wars fans have always done, and its kept this franchise alive. I unfortunately missed out on passing the baton to my daughter, who is more into Disney princesses, clothing, and art than anything else. A lot of that has to do with my job when she was younger didn’t have me home as much as I should have. Now that I am, she does know more about Star Wars than my wife, but still not to the extent that she would rather watch an episode of Clone Wars versus Sofia the First. The Disney purchase of Lucasfilm is my last hope of getting my daughter into the Saga. With the influences of Star Wars now starting to fill the Disney parks, my hope is she will be influenced by the mouse, and the newest Disney princess: Leia! Thanks for sharing!!!!

    1. Jay Krebs
      July 22, 2014 at 14:29 Reply

      Thanks so much, Aaron! 🙂

      If ANYONE is an amazing Star Wars abassador to their child, it would definitely be you!

      Her love of the princesses and art is showing her side for the passion of fandom. Even if she never comes around to becoming a full-fledged Star Wars fan *gasp*, her unique love for what she is drawn to is a gift in and of itself. Celebrate that with her 😀 !

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