The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 10

Blog 1950 – 01.26.2021

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 10

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Chapter 10

The bad guys and even good guys in all the stories have one weakness. Even Superman has his Kryptonite. The Wicked Witch of the West has a weakness and it is water and when doused by a bucket when Dorothy is trying to put out her burning broom before it can set fire to her Scarecrow friend she melts the wicked witch to a steaming puddle of muck.

In the movie, the magic slippers Dorothy wears are ruby red, but in the book they are silver, her prize for landing her house on the WWOTW’s sister the Wicked Witch of the East. Both ladies have issues with the little girl from Kansas but she ends up besting them both.

It is good to remember that we all have our strengths and our weaknesses and that they both are given us for our own good and the good we are meant to do ourself and others. As his uncle advises the young Peter Parker (Spider-Man) in the first Spider-Man movie, “To whom great power is given, much is required.” We all have a duty to ourselves, others, and the Universe to put our gifts to use for the greater good. Failing that we may find ourselves cast in the story as bad guys and end up being squashed by a farm house or melted by a farm girl. The choice is ours to be the hero of our own story or the villain.

I happen to believe we get to star in many stories not just this one and that the likelihood is that we have played many roles already with many more yet to play. But knowing that is no excuse for us not to make this performance our best yet. So let us reach down deep inside us, thespians, and make this the performance of a lifetime. In between rehearsing and delivering lines we might even want to work on a little speech that usually begins, “First of all I’d like to thank the Academy…” We might also want to dust off a space on the mantle for that little fellow called Oscar to stand.

But most of all, it is important to remember to just enjoy the show.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Long Long Time

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