My grandson asked me this question at the shop. He had my Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader down from the shelf. He knew they had some form of power but isn’t familiar with them yet.
He asked me, ‘Can we measure it?’
‘Oh well. How do you measure strength?’ I asked philosophically.
‘With this ruler.’ He’d found a cardboard ruler inside a book.
So we measured the height of Darth Vader. He was 24cm.
‘He has 24 of strength.’
Luke Skywalker had lost his cloak and tools, so we didn’t measure him. I’d bought them second hand and incomplete. My grandson stared at Luke Skywalker without saying anything.
Then outside the shop, two people passed the window talking together: a father and son talking together, hurrying because it was cold, and both wearing rugged blue jumpers, scarves, and hats:
‘Yeah. Yes. That’s what your mother always said. You should go with that.’
They disappeared toward the bakery.
Noah and I stood Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader side by side. My grandson looked at Darth Vader, ‘Is that the dad?’
I said it was.
‘Why is he the dad? Why is he lost his stuff?’
Suddenly the the same pair passed the window again, this time holding paper bags from the bakery against their chests and still talking:
‘And there was a school teacher fellow here, used to always carry that bag of eggs around with him, remember?’
‘Did he break his boots?’ Noah asked.
I looked at Darth Vader again.
Outside the door a lady said to her husband, ‘You start and stop and start and stop. Now get out of my way.’ He said, ‘Keep your hair on.’
Noah asked, ‘Where’s his power pack?’ I looked back Darth Vader.
‘I think that got lost.’
‘Can we find it?’
A customer came in. She looked at us approvingly. ‘I see you’re busy in here.’
A young man came in for science fiction and looked at Luke Skywalker, who was now propped against Poetry and Plays.
‘Woah, mate. Cool. These for sale?’
I said they weren’t.
Noah, kneeling on the floor, said, ‘He’s lost his powers and coat.’
The customers left. Noah left. I put Darth and Luke up crookedly because I can’t reach. Later, I found the ruler under the chair.