I had to turn it off early because sleep is imperative when I have to drive in the morning but last night’s short drift into the magic of the Wizard of Oz reminded me of a whole lifetime of quotes which my generation, the one before and the one after have safely tucked in our pockets. We pull them out on occassion, make some amendments and have some fun with them. I don’t think there are many days when at least one can’t be put to some good use.
Last week I wanted to say to another woman…”I’ve wanted to tell you for a long time what I think of you but being a Christian woman I can’t.
Another that comes to me in moments of furry, though I only think it, is, “Be gone, before somebody drops a house on you too.”
If I’m feeling a bit like a witch I might think loudly, “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too.”
On the lovely days when things are bright and the witches are all safely stowed under the kitchen door, I sing little ditties about the Lullaby League, the Lollipop Guild. I skip along to, “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” when I’m feeling like I need to go somewhere but have no idea how to get there. When my visions are bigger than my view the words of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” fall easily off my tongue.
Truly this movie holds some of the best cutting lines ever written. A couple of them are above but one of my very favourite is the Scarecrow’s explanation to Dorothy about how he can talk when he doesn’t have a brain. He says, “Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking.”
When I feel like a good spat or I’m joking around about one the Lion’s “Put ’em up, Put ’em up. I’ll fight you on one foot, I’ll fight you with my eyes closed, I’ll fight you with my hands tied behind my back, ” finds it’s way into my conversation.
On the more serious side are the great truths of life found in the movie.
- “Everything you were looking for was right there all along.”
- “A heart is not judged by how much it loves but rather by how much it is loved by others.”
- “If ever I go looking for my hearts desire again I won’t go looking any further than my own back yard because if it isn’t there I never really lost it to begin with.”
- “Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.”
- “True courage is in facing danger when you are afraid.”
Then there is the fun twists we have taken with the movie to bring it into our age. My particular favourite is, “You know it’s been a good day when you didn’t have to release the flying monkeys.” With another little twist for the tougher days this same thought is used as the threat, “Don’t make me break out the flying monkeys.”
A quick look of this list of song title’s will have you all singing. They are tunes and lyrics that stick in your heart and become earworms for life. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead”, “We Welcome You to Munchkin Land”, “The Yellow Brick Road,” “We’re Off to See the Wizard”. One I sing often is, “If I Only Had a Brain.” (No need for you to comment on that one.)
At any rate it was a wonderful trip back in time and lead me to a dreamy sleep, better than I’ve had in a long time. On days like today, when my heart has been aching, I’m wet from the rain and I want to rest somewhere I feel safe, truly, “There is no place like home.”