Aunt Beru gets to have her say in Meg Cabot’s short story, as Melissa Villy makes a personal connection and continues our coverage of the FACPOV anthology
Beru Whitesun Lars finally gets a chance to tell her side of the story in Meg Cabot’s short story in From a Certain Point of View. Told in first person from beyond the grave, Beru opens by stating that the day Obi-Wan placed baby Luke in her arms was both the happiest and worst day of her life. Happiest because she couldn’t have a child of her own, and worst because she knew he’d one day have to leave to fulfil his destiny.
Both Adoptive Mothers
She tells how Luke was as a child, giving us great insight into his early years. We also get a sense of how she was as a mother and that she truly loved Luke like a son. The fact that she tried to tell Owen he had all of Anakin’s good qualities, and how much she wanted to see Luke go to the Academy because it’s what he wanted shows just how much she loved Luke. The best part is that she never doubted he would one day save the galaxy and how proud she is that he did.
Having Beru be unable to have children not only answers a big question fans have been wanting to know the answer to for 40 years about why Luke has no cousins, but also is a step in the right direction with inclusivity. We also recently found out the reason behind why Breha and Bail adopted when it was revealed she suffered an accident as a young woman that put her health in jeopardy. To have not one, but both adoptive mothers to the Skywalker twins be unable to have children is a great move. It shows that a mother can be anyone who chooses to open their heart and home to a child. As a woman who cannot have children for medical reasons like Breha, finding another such mother goes a long way for fans like me toward showing all types of diversity in Star Wars.
The Woman Who Serves the Blue Milk
Meg Cabot, best known for the bestselling YA series The Princess Diaries (yes, as in the movie) and the Heather Wells Mysteries (one of my personal faves) for adults truly knows how to capture a woman’s voice at any age. She brings her trademark wit from all her books here giving Beru a great sense of humor. She even points fun at the fact that people only see her as “that woman who serves the blue milk” giving the character an air of awareness that she is in a story. It’s a great touch and exactly what I’d expect from a Cabot story. As a fan of Cabot’s work I’d love to see her write a longer Star Wars work where she can not only bring humor to the story, but her usual cast of kooky and crazy side characters. How does a young Beru raising Luke story sound to everyone else? I’d certainly read it if Meg Cabot was penning it.
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View is published by Century in the UK and is available now. © Lucasfilm Ltd.