As a little girl, I loved watching the Wizard of Oz once a year when it was re-broadcast in our viewing area. I seem to think it was around Halloween when it would come on.
This morning, I was greeted by the following Google doodle:
Seeing this artistic rendition and having recently come across a watered-down version of the story to read to my kids (the flying monkeys and bad witches still have the potential to scare my kids at their ages) reminded me of the wonder of just how easily children can slip into imaginary lands, simply by way of suggestion. The imagery and storyline offered in the Wizard of Oz provide an awesome springboard for kids to learn some pretty darned valuable lessons, all while experiencing otherwise logically implausible creatures, Technicolor backdrops and some good ol’ magic: perseverance pays off; loyalty trumps almost all other things when it comes to friendship; courage, love and intelligence are all more related than we might sometimes tend to believe.
Thank you Google, for this lovely reminder of a 71-year-old American icon. I can’t wait to watch the movie with my own kids, some day.