December 28, 2008

An elegant weapon for a more civilized age

One morning back in November, I came downstairs in the morning to find Boy in Black in the living room, still awake, with his laptop. He's a nocturnal creature, so I wasn't terribly surprised. I mean, this is the kid who stayed up all night to design an R2D2 to go with his Halloween costume.

"What're you doing?" I asked casually as I went into the kitchen to feed the cats.

"Research," he said.

I looked at him in surprise. "Research?" It's true that he does some research with a physics professor, but it seemed unlikely that he'd be doing it until 7 am.

He gave me a sleepy grin. "Yeah, I'm researching light sabers."

Ever since dressing in a Star Wars theme for Halloween, he and his brothers have been playing with plastic light sabers — toys we bought the last time Star Wars paraphernalia was in vogue. They sometimes duel inches away from me in the living room. Yes, my youngest child is fourteen, and I still find myself saying, "Isn't that an OUTDOOR toy?"

Frustrated with how easily the cheap plastic toys broke, Boy in Black searched online and found two guys who made sturdy light sabers that were "duel-worthy." He showed me a youtube clip of the sabers being dropped out of a second-story window onto a cement sidewalk or being tossed into a pool. Clearly, these two guys had our family in mind when they designed the sabers.

So Boy in Black ordered four of the sabers: one for himself, one for each of his brothers, and an extra one for whichever extra was over at the time of battle. When the sabers came, he hid them in my closet and worked on small modifications, exchanging emails with Light Saber Dude about the details. He gave the sabers to his brothers on Christmas mornings, and the three boys retreated into a closet to test them out in the darkness.

An elegant weapon for a more civilized age

10 comments:

Julia said...

Oh, this is SO cool.

Tie-dye Brother-in-law said...

So - whose light sabers did he decide on? (Inquiring nerds want to know...)

jo(e) said...

I think this is the website.

Kyla said...

That is awesome!

ymp said...

That's an awesome gift. And a great picture.

Rev Dr Mom said...

Wow--those are awesome!!

Danny Bradfield said...

I may need to get myself one of those.

bsouth said...

What a lovely story and a fabulous picture!

Bridgett said...

My family's envious. We just have the "whacky sticks" variety that we bought in a toy store.

MonkeyPants said...

...And she uses an Obi Wan quotation for the title as well. Nice work, and a beautiful photo. Those look like a lot of fun!