The room is dark, the only light in the room is coming in from the hallway light that is left on and the moon lamp that is on the shelf.
I’m lying in bed with the Rookie and he asks for a story. Despite being a storyteller at work, I am not the best at telling a story that doesn’t involve typing words on a screen.
The wheels in my head start spinning. Naturally, the first kind of story that comes to my head is some sort of movie. What stories could I tell the Rookie that he hasn’t already seen the movie of?
He has seen Episode III of Star Wars, so that one is out. I could go through the story of finding out the Princess Leia and Luke are brother and sister, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise.
For some reason I think about the DeLoren that we see every day going to school. He has no idea what the significance of this car is but the day that we drove by and moved, I nearly flipped a gasket, wondering where in time it had gone and did Dr. Brown live there?
I decide that I should tell him the story of Back to the Future. The story about Marty McFly who goes back in time 30 years in order to save his parents relationship.
Like many parents who grew up during that time, the story came right back to me as I started tell him about Dr. Brown and McFly.
The moment I saw him dozing off right as I tell him that McFly is about to punch Biff, I realized that I do have stories that I can tell the Rookie.
Many of the movies that the children of the 80s grew up with, Back to the Future, The Karate Kid, Tron, E.T. are movies that will lose their interest as times goes on. The thing about the 80s that is much different than now is that, many of the sequels were actually just as good as the first movie. This makes bed time stories very easy. At least for the foreseeable future.
Someday he will ask how I am able to come up with many of these stories off the top of my head. I’ll explain that they were stories that I grew up with when I was a kid. Many of them were movies that I enjoyed from the 1980s and 90’s.
I will explain to him to never forget the time you grew up in. Never forget so that you can sit next to your child at night and tell him the story of The Lego Movie, Planes, Big Hero 6, Frozen, or Despicable Me.
The Rookie will soon look back at the 2010’s and realize that they were the best times of his life. But by then, he will be married have a child of his own and the best time of his life will just be beginning.