As if you haven't already guessed, we Austinites get a little light-headed and giddy when actual winter weather arrives. It's all so exciting and rare."Look Mom! The thermometer dipped below 70! And it's FEBRUARY!"
So naturally, last week's icy and snowy conditions were especially thrilling. The day off from school was great and all, but what really got my kids amped up was a little undertaking Rascal called Freezing Everyone and Their Aunt Rita in Carbonite Just Like in The Star Wars Movie That Mom Always Calls Number 2, But Really is Number 5.
It. Was. Awesome.
When I look back at these photos, I am tempted to put a philosophical spin to the whole endeavor...to compare it to the flood of feelings and memories I have been desperate to freeze in my mind. To wax on about the exit of winter and the onset of spring. To recall the inevitable thawing that follows any intense experience. To consider the beauty and harshness of something so lively and fluid being altered overnight by a force larger than ourselves.
But I'm not going there. It's too much for me right now. And maybe that's ok. Instead, I'm going to remember this little project as nothing more than a couple Star Wars fans parading in and out the back door, spilling drops of water along the way, scheming, laughing...all so they could relive the power of an unforgettable scene in a favorite movie.
Come to think of it, maybe they were trying to freeze memories as well.