My sister Nan was a huge Wizard of Oz fan. In fact, she had a whole Wizard of Oz themed room–one of her and her husband Gary’s guest bedrooms when they lived in Yreka, California, just a few miles south of the Oregon border.
I’ll never forget the time we were treasure hunting at an antique mall when she found life-size cardboard Oz figures. She was in heaven . . . or maybe I should say Emerald City.
Then she had to explain it to Gary.
“How are we going to get those in the car?” he said.
Well, where there’s a wiz, there’s a way.
After Nan passed away last year, I ended up with several boxes of Oz. I thought about using the things to decorate one of our empty nest bedrooms, but, frankly, The Wizard of Oz always scared the begeebies out of me! My idea of thematic bedroom decorating is BEACH. No flying monkeys in my house!
But I was drawn to this cute ruby red slippers clock. It reminds me that “There’s no place like home” . . . and my sister’s smiling face when she was finally able to create her own home with her Southwest personal touches in Phoenix.
It tickled me this last week to see that my niece, her daughter, visited the Wizard of Oz Museum in Kansas. Nan would have loved visiting that museum . . . and while it saddens me that she didn’t see all her bucket list places, she is now truly experiencing the Oz theme: “There’s no place like home.”
Just wondering: Are there special movies you associate with folks you love?