I ended up switching topics to Star Trek, and that was hugely appropriate. Even though she didn't become one of those die hard fans who typify interest in the franchise, my mother was one of its original viewers, and every time I popped in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, she'd cry when Spock dies. (Except the last time. But at that point, most of her was changing. I clung and still do to the lasting remnants of who and what she had been throughout her life.) In a very real sense, I owe my interest in Star Trek to her.
This being May the Fourth, however, I'm not going to continue talking about Star Trek, but rather switch topics once again. Hey, why not? Star Wars was a dominant feature of my childhood. I grew up with four siblings, and Star Wars was one of the few things that united all of us. We watched the original trilogy all the time. It got to the point where my mother would literally fall asleep every single time we watched it, and we joked that she did see the whole thing, but only cumulatively speaking. In hindsight it's probably clear that she was never quite as enthusiastic about Star Wars as we were.
But in her last year, my dad and I still got her to watch most of the movies all over again, and she was perfectly fine with that. Star Wars had become a constant for her.
I've posted this video before, from How I Met Your Mother, how when Ted tries to understand how Stella has never seen Star Wars before, he and Marshall absolutely cannot understand it. (For me, it's still baffling, and I absolutely mean it, that there was such a tremendous backlash to the prequels. But people like what's spontaneous, a discovery.) Here's the video again:
(It also baffles me that people hated How I Met Your Mother's ending. But that's a topic for another day.)
Different people have different experiences. This is sometimes extremely hard to appreciate, and very people are willing to admit this. When we're forced to confront our differences, we also discover how different we really are. But sometimes the differences are not as great as we think they are.
Taking part in A to Z for another year, no matter the circumstances and however much my experience was affected by those circumstances, or how little other people know Star Trek compared to me...this was actually the best experience I've had with it to date. In past years I didn't really understand how it was supposed to work. I don't mean in relation to others, but for me. The moment I let go of my own expectations, I started to have fun. I couldn't ask for better than that.