I watched The Empire Strikes Back with Henry last night. It was his first viewing. He had me read the crawl to him, which I did with delight. He asked a few questions as the movie went on. “Is the emperor a ghost like Obi-wan?” No, Darth Vader is using FaceTime to talk to him. “Is the force real?” Sort of. “What does he mean by there is another?” You’ll find out.
We got to the reveal. “No, I am your father.” Oh my god, his face. I wish I would’ve taken a picture of it. His jaw dropped, literally, and he looked at me and then hid his face in a pillow. To be that young again and not know that Vader is Luke’s father. I have been trying for years to keep that revelation from him and it paid off.
This morning when he was getting dressed he said to me, “I love you Daddy” and I replied with, “I know” which got a big smile and laugh of recognition. So awesome.