This will be the first of seven Watershed Moments in my life. These are some of the most important moments in my life but not all of them. And they are not in any particular order except for the last one I talk about that will be posted on Sunday. After thinking about these moments for years, the one for Sunday is the one I keep coming to for being the most pivotal moment in how I became….well, me.


So, with that said, let’s start with Star Wars.


I saw Star Wars in the summer of 1977. I wasn’t even six yet but this movie transformed my young mind and opened up an all-new world.

The world of OUT THERE!!!

And not only did I start to look up into the night sky with more wonder than I did before, but I also wanted to be OUT THERE. Because of Star Wars, for a short period of time, I wanted to be an astronaut. That lasted for about a year because I couldn’t stand to wait. I wanted to go RIGHT NOW and see if Han and Chewy were out there waiting for me.

So, instead, I started to read a lot more. That way, I didn’t have to wait. I could go whenever I opened up the right book.
Or I could go whenever I closed my eyes.

I always think about riding home after seeing Star Wars with my dad and riding in his pick-up truck. The night was clear and stars looked down in their seemingly extra twinkling. I watched them all the way home and dreamed and wondered.

-Loyd Elmore Jr.
November 5th, 2018

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