Rising Suns to you. I hope this is a wonderful day for the moms in your life. Today, we continue to celebrate Star Wars moms. Star Wars, as I have learned, really does celebrate all moms – biological, adopted, stepmoms, and single.
Shmi Skywalker Lars
Shmi Skywalker was the mother of Anakin Skywalker. She was a peaceful and selfless woman despite being enslaved. Shmi sacrificed herself to give her son, Anakin, a better life when they met Master Qui-Gon Jinn. She tells Anakin, “be brave” and “don’t look back” as he leaves with Master Qui-Gon Jinn to become a Padawan. Shmi would later marry Cliegg Lars and became stepmom to Owen Lars. The storytellers leave us with the impression that she was still loving and kind until her untimely death. She is mourned by Anakin Skywalker, Cliegg Lars, Padmé Amidala, Owen Lars, and his girlfriend, Beru.
Padmé Amidala was a woman of honor. She was compassionate and had a sense of duty to her country. In Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston, a young Senator Padmé Amidala meets Senator Bail Organa who later meets his wife, Queen Breha of Alderaan. We get an opportunity to see the early roots of the future happenings in the Saga. Padmé secretly marries Anakin Skywalker and later becomes pregnant with twins. She tells him that “Something wonderful has happened, Ani. I’m pregnant.” Her pregnancy was left in secret as she continued to strive for peace in the Republic. Before the tragic ending of her life, Padmé gave birth to twins Luke and Leia. In Queen’s Shadow, we got a glimpse of the kind of mom Padmé would’ve been. This is when she meets her niece, Ryoo. In these short moments we see love, kindness, and gentleness. Her legacy would live on in her twins, and our heroes, Luke and Leia.
We first came to know Beru and Owen as aunt and uncle to Luke. Later (yet earlier in the Star Wars timeline) young Beru and her husband, Owen Lars, had been trying to conceive a child when they received a visit from Obi-Wan Kenobi. Obi-Wan attempts to hide Luke Skywalker by bringing him to their homestead as a baby. Beru told Owen that, in essence, they would be raising his stepbrother’s son as their own. Beru was dedicated, warm, and a loving mom to Luke. We see in A New Hope that she was very protective of Luke and kept his best interest at heart. She was sensitive to the fact that he felt his destiny was to not stay on the farm but was to be out in the galaxy doing greater things.
Breha Organa is Queen of Alderaan and wife to Senator Bail Organa. With the approval from Master Yoda and Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, Senator Bail Organa and his wife adopted Leia when Padmé passed away. “My wife and I will take care of the girl. We’ve always talked of adopting a baby girl. She will be loved with us.” And so, Princess Leia was; Breha took to making sure Leia was loved, educated, and taught from a young age about politics and community.
Leia Skywalker Organa Solo
Princess. Senator. General. At heart a daughter, friend, wife, mentor, and mother to Ben Solo.
Leia, like her biological mother, Padmé Amidala, as well as her adopted mom, Queen Breha Organa, had a sense of duty to the galaxy. She believed in peace. She had a passion for fairness and democracy like the women before her.
She was a mentor and was clearly a surrogate mom to Rey in The Rise of Skywalker.
Being a mom to Ben Solo wasn’t easy for Leia. Ben was a Force-user, and his emotions and depth of his powers were uncertain. Although as a youngling he loved his Uncle Chewie, Ben Solo would train with his real uncle, Luke Skywalker. Ben then tragically turned down the path to the dark side and renamed himself, Kylo Ren.
Leia might have felt like a failure at times and dealt with her own struggles, but she did not give up hope that Ben would one day turn back to the light side. “There’s still good in him.” Leia never did see her son as Kylo Ren. She always saw him as Ben Solo.
Having different types of moms in Star Wars is relatable. These characters are quite parallel to the ones in our own lives. We have:
- Omera the Widow – who is a single mom doing it on her own.
- Hera Syndulla – who is a “space mom” to the friends around her and to her own son.
- Norra Wexley – who teaches us about reconciliation and continuing to love.
- Lyra Erso – who teaches her daughter to trust the Force and how to be safe.
- Shmi Skywalker Lars – who teaches us how to be selfless and sacrificial as she remained a slave as her son, Anakin Skywalker, was set free. Shmi also shows us how loving and kind we can be as stepparents.
- Padmé Amidala – who was very devoted, and her legacy lives on through her twins Luke and Leia.
- Beru Lars – who teaches us it’s okay if our children don’t stay on the homestead and frees them to stretch and grow into their own interests. She also embraces adoption and loves regardless.
- Queen Breha Organa – who teaches us that adoption is beautiful. She loved, guided, and educated Leia.
- Leia – who shows us about real parenthood. We all struggle as parents. Sometimes we feel like failures, but we hold out hope. We keep doing our best. Our children carve out their own paths as they become young adults. That is very hard, sometimes, just as it was for Leia to see Ben becoming Kylo Ren. Leia didn’t give up hope.
Each of these Star Wars moms that we have honored has taught us about hope. That’s something positive to hold on to – great examples for us to follow in our own lives.
I do trust that you and the moms in your life have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Make it one that is out of this galaxy. And Moms, if you’re reading this, you’re doing great – and don’t ever give up hope.
May the Force and Spires Be With You.