Thursday, October 23, 2008

A fractured fairy tale.

Remember Fractured Fairy tales? It was a segment on the Bullwinkle show. It was a short story that was retold in a different perspective. So today I offer this view of an old classic. The Wizard of Oz.

"Weeeeerrrrrrr off to see the Wizard"

A lot of bloggers are talking about politics these days so I decided to do something different. I thought I would keep with the Wizard of Oz theme going for this post. It is one of my favorite movies of all time by the way. It has a nice girl, munchkins, witches and those adorable flying monkeys that give children nightmares. And of course there is a good moral to the story and that is the best part. What’s not to love?

It starts out with a girl who has lost her direction. (or so she thinks) She doesn’t like the way things are going at home so she decides to run away. You might say that she needs change. She meets up with the Wizard. He is a stranger from a strange land. She is immediately in awe of him just because he is a smooth talker and different from anyone she has seen before. He is a fortune teller and tells a great tale.

He tells her just what she wants to hear and so she believes him and runs home to make things right. Of course there is a terrible storm on the way so before she can make things right she is hit on the head and goes into her dream world.

Her home is taken away but she wakes up in make-believe land where everything is colorful and wonderful. After a brief meeting with some little people she heads off to see the Wizard who is going to make everything wonderful again. Along the way, she meets up with some other needy people who decide to go along and see what they can GET from the Wizard. For this little band of misfits it’s all about “They have and I want” And “me me me me, Woe is me.”

They find the Wizard in his big Emerald castle and ask him to help them out.

Unknown to them, the Wizard isn’t really a wizard so he stalls and makes them go out and do something to prove they are worthy. In actuality he sends them off to do his dirty work. He wants them to get rid of some evil that he himself has been unable to do. So the people do as the Wizard instructs. They go out and slay the evil witch and then come back to get what he promised them.

Instead of giving them what they want, he merely uses his fast talking again to trick them into believing that all is right with the world. He gives them papers, fake medals and toy clocks to symbolize the things they really asked for. Pretty slick if you ask me. Then he decides it is time to leave before all the people discover that he is a big fake. But the Wizard makes some mistakes as he heads off and Dorothy is left behind so the Wizard is the only one who really got anything out of the deal. He also leaves his kingdom in the hands of the bumbling idiots; the scarecrow, the cowardly lion and the tin man.

But thank goodness there is a real hero in the story; Glenda the good witch.

I have to say that I liked her from the start because she was attractive, knew what she was talking about and very down to earth. Way back in the beginning she told Dorothy to hold tight to the ruby slippers because they must be worth a lot because the wicked witch wanted them so bad. Dorothy however was skeptical about Glenda’s abilities because she didn’t look like a witch. As she put it, “witches are mean and ugly’ and Glenda was neither. So Glenda shows back up and saves the day, telling Dorothy how to get back home. In the end, Dorothy is reunited with her family and she realizes that she had what she wanted all along. Gosh I love a happy ending.

Oh I almost forgot the morals of the story:

1. Instead of chasing rainbows, try being happy with what you already have

2. Don’t listen to someone just because they SAY they are a wizard, they SAY what you want to hear and they are a good speaker.

3. Just because someone is pretty doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful.
And last but certainly not least:

Put your trust in God and not Wizards. (Ok that last one wasn’t from this story but it is from another story and it is a good philosophy to live by)

Now aren’t you glad I stayed away from politics?

Have a great day,


Wayfaring Wanderer said...

I'll never stop chasing rainbows!!!!

Monogram Queen said...

I always LOVED Fractured Fairy Tales AND the Wizard of Oz

and for the record the bold DID screw up on my post and I ended up going back and putting a double ** by the true ones! Geesh! What you all must have thought of me!

Patience said...

You can chase a rainbow, but always make sure to keep your feet firmly planted in reality!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Very uplifting post Greg. But I'm still worried I may have to change countries in 2 weeks.

Chatty Kelly said...

I loved your story! I think some people missed the point - rainbows aren't "real" they are a reflection. You can chase a rainbow all you want, but you'll never catch it. So stop chasing rainbows - that doesn't mean stop trying to make your life better. I love that you said be happy with what you have. Again, that doesn't mean you don't try to improve your circumstances, just don't let circumstances rule your happiness!

Awesome post! You rock!

Janice Thomson said...

Loved this Greg and especially since I never ever saw that show. What a wonderful post!

Ruth D~ said...

Great lessons you've shared. Did you know that rainbows would really be circles if not for the earth getting in the way?

Lori said...

I love the wizard of oz. There's no place like home.

I enjoyed your post!

Shellmo said...

Great recap! Now i need to get my own Toto and find my rainbow!

Cynthia's Blog said...

Amen on putting your faith in God.

Scarlet said...

You should start a blog church! ;)

It's important to remember "the devil masquerades as an angel of light" and to test EVERYTHING (to see if it's in tune with God's word) rather than follow blindly.

Great post, Greg! :)

Have a great weekend, amigo!!

Beverly Lewis said...

I loved this post. The pictures were icing on the cake. I'll email you about Charleston ideas. Thanks so much!

skoots1mom said...

great post...used to watch Fractured Fairy Tales...: )

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

EXCELLENT post, Greg. And I was a huge fan of fractured fairy tales.

MGBHLH said...

WONDERFUL post - you are right on each point.

By the way - my nephew loved the Gator. He can't wait to take it to our house at Edisto this week-end. The road dead-ends to the water and the house is on the right. He will have a long straight road to drive on. (we will just be careful of the water)

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Greg, as always I smile when I read your posts. Wizard of Oz was always one of my favorites too. Growing up when it would come on once a year, my sisters and I would hunker down for the night in our PJ's and have popcorn. We were aloud to stay up late this one night and we loved it as much as the movie!

As for your ending, that's the best of all. And as for that rainbow? I'll keep looking at that as God's everlasting covenant that He promised He would never flood the entire earth again. He set that rainbow in the sky. He never breaks His promises!

Patrice said...

Great post! I have never seen Fractured Fairy Tales....where have i been??

Marina said...

I really like #3 you are so right about that one just b/c they are pretty doesn't make them now evertining or that they are right,, the devil does masquerades around and he plays with what looks good and sounds good.
good advice, marina

Kim S in SC said...


Sandy said...

wow, great post!

Debbie said...

I love Fracture Fairy Tales as a kid! Great creativity in this post.

Having said that, I'm thinking there is something about rainbows being a promise from God not to destroy the Earth again? And I'm thinking that sometimes it is more important to have a brain, a heart, and some courage that you gained from chasing rainbows than staying safely at home.

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