Lori over at Family Trees May Contain Nuts is hosting a Writer’s Challenge and while I am definitely not a writer, I do have a favorite movie….no having to think about it, no contest. I have loved “The Wizard of Oz” since I was a little girl and it continues to be my all time favorite to this day.
I began watching “The Wizard” when it was a once-a-year event…no DVR, CD’s, or even Blockbuster. The movie came on tv and you watched it or missed until the next year…I never missed it. I prepared for days making sure I would be ready at the appointed time…bath taken, pj’s on, popcorn popped, pillow in place…I was ready. When I was very young, the beginning of the movie which took place in Kansas was all in black and white—symbolic of how young Dorothy thought of her life. It was not until the house touched down in Oz that the presentation was in color….As Disney used to say, “the wonderful world of color". The cyclone had transported Dorothy and Toto to a world full of rich color and richer characters. …not black and white, and certainly not Kansas.
She landed in a place where she had a chance to be someone else and to make a difference.
“The Wizard of Oz” theme seemed to follow me.-first, in college as an annual sorority skit, and later in events with my children.
I think I spent a lot of my life like Dorothy….looking for my place over the rainbow…feeling as if the answer was just over the hill and down the yellow brick road.
But like Dorothy the road led me to an answer. I found out that I have always had the power to be happy. I discovered and have tried to teach my children that happiness is an “inside job”. Happiness does not depend on circumstances; happiness depends on attitude.
Last February when I finally decided to take a leap of faith into Blogland, I had no trouble deciding on a blog name or symbol. I feel as if I have gotten to the other side of the rainbow….and there’s no place like home :).