I've made no secret out of the fact that I was, am, and always will be a nerd. But the other night during a brief packing frenzy, I uncovered this little gem of proof in my "I swear I will scrapbook this one day" box.
You see, before the prequels came out--before even the special editions reared their ugly heads--I adored Star Wars. I followed my sister to comic book stores to sift through piles of dusty Kenner toys from the 70s, looking for the elusive "Han Solo in Carbonite" figurine. I played X-Wing endlessly on the computer (still, to this day, saying "shields down, hull damaged, destroyed" when I'm tired at night.) Only a choice few understood me. The rest were none too supportive and for a ninth grader, being mocked for even something as silly as a devotion to sci-fi can be pretty devastating.
However, when the remastered THX editions came out fifteen years ago, I knew I had to get SOMEONE to watch it with me, if only to swoon over Han Solo's redigitized smile.
So, being my unabashedly nerdy 14 year-old self, I planned a party (imagine this folded in half like a card):
And get this...despite my worst fears, people actually came! Never mind the fact that it was on the same night as a huge school dance, PEOPLE CAME! Even people that had outright MOCKED me for my devotion to a hokey show and ancient special effects came! I reveled in the joy of introducing a bunch of friends to the glory and magic that was Star Wars (before Lucas ruined it...ANOTHER POST, ANOTHER DAY.) We even watched HARDWARE WARS between Empire and Jedi!
Adult nerds, I know that most of us have come to happy nerdly terms with ourselves. But nerdlings! This is for you: never be afraid of who you are and what you like. Never be ashamed of your interests, your poor spelling, your admission that you can't provide all the food at your own party single-handedly ("Munchies! Bring some!") Unlike Star Wars over time, life gets better! No matter who you are and what you love, there are people out there just like you...and they're waiting to find you, too. Be loud. Be proud. And please send me an invitation to all your awesome parties.
(I promise to bring munchies.)