As you all know, May the fourth is widely known as “May The 4th Be With You Day” or “Star Wars Day.” I, for one, think this is brilliant.
Here’s a Star Wars-related story for you. In both my local church ministry and my traveling concert ministry, my job involves talking a lot – often ad libbing – which can lead to some regrettable statements.
For example, a few years ago I was introducing a song at a marriage conference, and I was thinking about some of the conflict-resolution strategies that had been offered. For some reason I had mentioned Star Wars earlier and was now talking about how complicated relationships can be.
I said something along the lines of how, in marriage, you have to choose your battles carefully, and that I had learned that sometimes (I can’t believe I said this) “you have to let the wookie win.”
This statement was greeted with an awkward, stunned silence. Except for my band members, who were all on the floor laughing.
Now, I’m pretty sure this is the only time I’ve ever said anything that paints my wife in such an unflattering light; and she is anything but a “wookie.” For one thing, she’s only 4 foot 9. Plus, she’s very well-spoken (she never speaks in howls, yowls or grunts) and is, above all, not a bully.
My unfortunate quote comes from a scene in “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” in which R2D2 is playing a game of chess with Chewbacca, the wookie:
C-3PO: He made a fair move. Screaming about it can’t help you.
Han Solo: Let him have it. It’s not wise to upset a Wookiee.
C-3PO: But sir, nobody worries about upsetting a droid.
Han Solo: That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookiees are known to do that.
C-3PO: I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win.
May the Fourth be with you.