When we’re impressionable Younglings, mean words can make a big difference. I was the girl who always had her nose in a book. Usually a fantasy book. I was never popular and though I didn’t exactly get bullied, I wasn’t made to feel super awesome either. I really didn’t enjoy high school. I was made to feel that keeping my more “nerdy” interests to myself was the best way to go. I got over that sometime right after high school. But it would have meant the world to me to know about the existence of so many fabulous geeky women. When I was younger, I certainly felt like the only one. The outpouring of support for Katie reached a lot of girls and kids. Actually, adults too. It is her story, but also ours. So many of us can relate to Katie’s experience. I’ve read so many similar tales over at the Her Universe message boards (which is a great community for geeks all ages to talk with like minded people) The geek rallying was really for all of us. We’re all there for each other, and I don’t know many groups of people that would react the way we did. I truly believe that geeks are the best (and from my experience, especially Star Wars fans).
Even though I am older and work with adults, I still get looks for flaunting my geekdom. The difference is that now, I don’t care what people think. I know who I am. I work in an office where casual clothing is fine, and I do wear a Star Wars t-shirt once a month. One day while wearing my favorite one, I said something about how I wish our company would do a read-a-thon rather than the triathlon or pub crawl type events we normally do. My boss said, teasing, “I don’t know, Amy, you’re wearing a Star Wars tee and talking about read-a-thons. People might think you’re a geek.” To which I proudly responded, “Well, I am one.” It amazes me that adults who care about celebrity babies still make fun of me because I care about Han Solo and comic books. We all have our own things. And that's okay.
To show support and solidarity, tomorrow is Wear Star Wars/Share Star Wars Day. It’s easy to participate! All you have to do is wear Star Wars attire. And since it is the holiday season, Katie’s parents also ask that you donate a Star Wars toy to needy children. Be sure to put a note on it that states it’s for a girl OR boy. Actually, mine is just going to state that it is for a girl. I know that a girl out there will adore Star Wars LEGOs as much as I do!