The Wizard of Oz is 70 years old and is being released in Blue Ray DVD where you can now see the freckles on Dorothy ( Judy Garland) and the rivets on the Tin Man’s suit ( Jack Haley). More importantly, this timeless classic from 1939 still captures the imagination of each successive generation with its theme of a little girl lost who simply wants to get home.
All of us can relate to wonder of the land of Oz and its delightful munchkins, the yellow brick road, the friendly scarecrow and the cowardly lion. We all rise to find our courage against the persona of the wicked witch and find that we can melt her way from our lives by simply throwing water on her. Even her evil flying monkeys can’t stop us.
We find through this delightful tale that all the glitz of Emerald City was really a fraud and that the Wizard was really not one. We find that the the real power always laid within ourselves.
Like Dorothy, we learn that running away from our problems is never the answer and finding happiness is not a place, it is all within us and with the people we love. It is most likely found in our back yard and in our proverbial Kansas.
Happy anniversary, Wizard of Oz!