Dadnamics Live! Episode 74 Family Meeting

Kenny and I went to see “Star Wars: Rogue One” yesterday in 3D. I am constantly amazed with LucasFilm’s ability to tie the plots and characters of the original series to today. Rogue One is an entire movie giving depth, emotion, and connection to a bunch of crusaders who only got one sentence of acknowledgement in Episode IV’s opening crawl.

“During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal secret plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR, an armored space station with enough power to destroy an entire planet.”

The movie ends with the stolen DEATH STAR plans handed to Princess Leia. It was a brief 5 second scene, but wow! How did they turn back the clock on Carrie Fisher to make her look reasonably close to the 1977 Princess Leia (which was the goal)!? I started telling this to my 12-year-old son as we talked Star Wars for the entire ride home.

Once we arrived, we were saddened with news that the actress we were just admiring moments before had passed away in real life. Carrie Fisher was only 60-years-old. Like millions of Star Wars fans, I went to news sites to find out what happened. Sad. Very sad. I am a child of the 80’s and everyone loved Princess Leia, especially the boys! She will be missed.

I have no personal connection to Carrie Fisher, so my heart goes out to her family and friends who knew her best. However, I am a writer and enjoy telling stories. I will use this sad story of loss as the jump-off point to our family’s story of gain. Thus, I turn inward to the world of Star Wars to share my story.

The Sith use the Rule of Two to grow stronger over time.

Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody power, the other to crave it.―Darth Bane

This is why Darth Vader wanted Luke to join him so bad. Darth would defeat and kill his master, the Emporer, and take Luke as his apprentice making them a father / son Sith superpower. It would have been unstoppable because Luke was the Jedi’s last hope and the Sith would have ruled for a long time. But we all know how that worked out. The Jedi won and restored peace and balance to the galaxy.

In the spirit of the Rule of Two (one dies and another replaces), our family is expecting baby #5. Carrie Fisher is gone, but a new girl is on her way. No, we will not name her Leia. She will get my grandmother’s name of Gabriella. However, I have disguised a clever plot for Princess Leia to return. Look at the last 5 letters of Gabriella and rearrange them.

I – E – L – L – A

L – E – I – A… (and an extra L).

Very interesting. Out of Gabriella, Leia returns to fulfill the Rule of Two!

There is just one small, teeny, tiny flaw in my clever scheme.

Leia and Gabriella are NOT Sith!

About the Author Ken Carfagno

Along his journey from artist to engineer to entrepreneur, Ken Carfagno became a dad. And like many new dads, his kids inspired a long-forgotten gift. Ken could make up stories and draw his kids into them. This sparked a dream that lead to Dadnamics, the infusion of creativity, adventure, and silliness into dad time. And it lead to the Arctic Land experience.

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