I’ve always felt that Star Wars fans were one big family, but the weekend I just spent at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim reinforced that in a big way.
So many people went out of their way to be kind to me, and not for any particular reason. They did it just because.
Here are a few examples:
- I missed getting my badge for the Droid Hunt (a game that ends in a raffle and lots of prizes), so a member of the 501st Legion gave me hers.
- Some people I was in line with gave me a few pins (this happened twice).
- The folks at Del Rey Star Wars found me a pin I had missed.
- A tattoo artist was unable to do any work for me, so she gave me one of her prints instead.
- An author signed extra books for me as a thank you for purchasing his titles (as opposed to just getting the free handouts they had).
- Another author thanked me just for waiting in (a very short) line to get his autograph!
On Saturday we were packed into the exhibit hall like sardines, but I never saw anyone get pushy or impatient. Everyone I bumped into apologized to me before I had a chance to apologize to them.
Over the course of the weekend I spoke with people from all over the world about their travels, their favorite convention moments, and Star Wars in general—the thing that brought all of us together.
This was a convention in the truest sense of the word. We gathered for the same purpose: To share our love for a story that has crossed generations, bridged the gap between cultures, and taught us that we are all connected.