Last night I went to a bed a lot later than normal. We had a mission to complete. At ten minutes to midnight we stood in line at a Toys R Us store on the other side of town for the Clones Wars Midnight Madness.
I thought we would be the only ones in line, but of course, the line was wrapped around the building. I forgot what a cult following Stars Wars has. The only time I’ve stood in line for something was for Prince tickets.
Clone Pilots stood at various posts to distribute posters and other Star Wars keepsakes to the loyal customers. When they finally opened the doors we were greeted by Clone Troopers and Plo Koon. Ever the faithful Star Wars fan, Nicholas shouted “For the Empire!” as we entered the store and was met with peals of laughter. His excitement was palpable.
I was shocked to see how wild people went to get their hands on the latest Lego Star Wars sets. Adults were loading their carts full of merchandise. However, Nicholas had his sights set on one item, the Republic Attack Gunship. My husband helped him navigate the sea of mayhem to get the desired set while I stood back and took pictures. Five minutes and $140.19 dollars later, he walked out with his prized possession. His smile lit up the night.
Nicholas slept with the box next to him. I know it is an experience that he won’t ever forget. Maybe he will tell his own children about it someday when they encounter this rite of passage. Mission Accomplished!