“There’s No Place Like Home”

No Place Like HOmeI 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.)Wizard of Oz

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.”


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (www.riverofhopeenterprises.com), I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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