The Dark Side

Should I be concerned about my little boy?

A couple of days ago, we were watching The Empire Strikes Back. After Luke lost his hand, Darth Vader said, “Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy as father and son.” Alec looked at me and said, “I think that if I was Luke, I would go ahead and join his daddy. It would be a lot easier.”

Today while working out in the garage, Alec tells me he can’t wait for Christmas so he can go ahead and get his coal. At first I thought he said “cold.” I asked him why he wants it to be cold and he confirmed that it wasn’t the cold but the coal he was waiting for. Is my sweet, precious, innocent little boy already contemplating the dark side?

No tree can go down to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. –Carl Jung

All of us have to choose our own paths. As a parent we can only guide, hope, and pray that our children make the right choices. Answering my initial question, of course I am concerned about him. I have been concerned ever since his conception. If he is anything like me, there will always be a call to the dark side. He will have to choose. Hopefully before then I would remind him of Jerzy Gregorek’s quote, “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.” Son, the dark side is the easy path, don’t go down it.

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