You know when you grow up, sometimes you have that “special something” that you hold so dear to you because it reminds you of a time or place or moment?
For instance, I have a Pink Blankie that I’ve had since I was a baby and YES I still sleep with her. I am, at times, thoroughly embarrassed by this, but at the same time weirdly proud. She no longer travels with me, but I will occasionally (ok, maybe every night) still sleep with her. There’s something about wrapping my arms around her that is so comforting. My husband vacillates between being amused and annoyed, but I can’t help it. I’ve tried many times to give her up with statements such as, “I’ll stop sleeping with her when I go to college.” Nope, didn’t work. “I’ll stop sleeping with her when I get married.” Almost worked, but ultimately failed. The only reason why she doesn’t travel with me is because once I decided to put her in my luggage and my luggage got lost for a while. Oh man, I was freaking out. After that, I realized I would have to start putting her in my carry-on. Well, that worked out okay, except that it made my carry-on really bulky and it couldn’t fit under the seat in front of me. And then the blanket would sometimes get stuck in the zipper of the backpack and would destroy some of it, which is unforgivable. So I figured for her safety, it’s best that she stay home. The worst part is that I don’t miss her that much when I’m traveling and she’s not with me. I thought the first time that I would fall apart, but I didn’t. I adapt just fine, so I’m unsure why I can’t just put her away in a box at home. Right now, my new statement is “I’ll stop sleeping with her when I have a baby.” I’m hoping this reasoning will work more because then I can transfer something that I once had onto my child and then it will be a generational thing. I then reason that the child will hopefully not grow up like me and she will grow out of sleeping with Pink Blankie, at which point I will be able to put her away in a box because I’ll probably be too embarrassed to show my child that I’m sleeping with HER Pink Blankie and I will have had enough separation by that point to be okay with it.
Apologies – long confession there. I must have some deep rooted psychological issues regarding attachment. Or I just like Pink Blankie.
However, the whole reason for these thoughts was that I was trying to think of my first Special Something that had to do with Star Wars. Believe it or not – I actually think it was these two puzzles (ESB and ROTJ) by RoseArt that I found at Ocean State Job Lot. For those not from New England, Ocean State Job Lot is an interesting store. You find lots of weird mismatched items at discounted items and it’s always a surprise when you walk in there.
I found those two puzzles and became obsessed. I put on the Star Wars soundtracks and worked hard on completing them as fast as possible (those were the days when summer vacation meant nothing to do every day for three months). I still remember my record – it took me 7 hours and 42 minutes to complete my Return of the Jedi puzzle…18 minutes shy of a full office work day! It ended up turning into a tradition and I took apart these puzzles at the end of the summer and would take them out again the following summer. Sometimes I would try to do them all in one day, sometimes I would stretch it out.
Usually we associate Special Something’s as an object of the past the holds a special memory attached to it. The puzzles help me relive the days when I was falling in love with Star Wars during my adolescence and the long summer days that seemed to stretch infinitely before me.
However, I’m beginning to realize that Special Something’s don’t always have to do with the past. They can be recent as well. I have two new Star Wars Special Something’s that make me so excited: my Star Wars pajama pants and my Star Wars t-shirt.
The pajama pants were bought on a whim at Wal-Mart about 1.5 years ago in the boys section and they are my FAVORITE pants. I love them so much. They are so comfortable and whenever I put them on, I get such an extreme feeling of comfort that I want to cuddle up in bed. There are tons of different panels on the pants of different characters and scenes that I could stare at it for hours. Bravo Wal-Mart on such awesome PJ pants!
The second Special Something is a bright red t-shirt that has Princess Leia pointing a gun at the viewer and it says “Don’t mess with the princess” in large letters. My husband got it for me last year as a wedding anniversary gift. He was really unsure if he should get it for me because he says he feels like Star Wars gifts are a “cop out” because they’re too easy…but honestly he can’t be more wrong. This t-shirt now always reminds me of him and, like the PJ’s, is very comfortable.
So I just rambled through my Special Somethings – does anyone else have any that are near and dear to your heart? Star Wars or otherwise?
Or you can even confess (like I did above) about something that you still haven’t gotten rid of but probably should have a long time ago? I promise we won’t judge!