One mom looks at "The Wizard of Oz" in a whole new way.
Blythe Newsome: Last night I took two of my daughters to see "The Wizard of Oz." It was a great performance with a very talented cast. As I watched the play, I found it leaving me questioning a few things.
Poor Dorothy gets sucked up in a tornado, and she is thrown into a place she knows nothing about. What does she do? She moves forward to try and make it right. I could not help but laugh as I watched her meet her three fellow travelers. Here is a girl in a strange place due to some unforeseen natural disaster, and these men want to tag along. There is the scarecrow that just leaves a mess of hay everywhere he goes, the tin man who, anytime she needs him to do a big task, stops and tells her to oil him, and the big lion, the king of the jungle, who makes Dorothy go first into the dark forest. And not once does one of them offer to carry her basket.
I really think I may have dated all of these men. So these three follow HER down the yellow brick road, all so she can go in search of some "Great and All Powerful" wizard, who, as it ends up, is just a little man trying to make himself grander than he really is. The whole time she is dealing with these guys, there is a witch after them, and she ends up just grabbing a bucket and fixing the problem while the guys are whining about what is missing in their lives. HELLO ... she just got sucked up in a tornado, lost her home, was thrown in a strange land, has some crazy person after her, and she does it all while wearing high-heeled shoes. I wanted to yell, "Why don't you guys do something???" -- but as I looked at my girls mesmerized, I thought I should let them enjoy the moment.
They have plenty of time to rethink the story.
|Blythe Newsome is a single mother of six children and host of a morning radio show. Featured on an episode of the Supernanny, her life and what hides underneath her couch cushions have been seen by many. Flirting with Forty is the journey of how she takes her life back.|