With the holiday season comes the traditional holiday movie reruns, like The Wizard of Oz.  This movie is an old favorite of mine.  As a child, the family would gather around our 12” black and white television and watch it every year.  🙂

Each of the main sojourners in this movie have their separate quests.  The Straw Man seeks wisdom, the Tin Man wants a heart, the Lion wants Courage and Dorothy wants to go home.  At the end of the movie, The Wizard of Oz bequeaths each of them, except Dorothy, with those desired things.

Love is TemporaryEven as a young girl, my favorite character has always been the Tin Man.  His earnest longing for feelings, that he described as having a heart, seemed so touching to me.  I found it interesting that, as the Wizard was giving a heart to the Tin Man, he spoke these words:

Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable

Maybe that’s so …

Tradition soldiers on for me, as I watch The Wizard of Oz over and over again each year.  Even though Mom isn’t around to make fresh popcorn and my ideas about what is “home” have changed, the movie has its charm and contains some good messages that we should take to heart.  Dorothy’s revelation that she needs to look no further than her own back yard for her heart’s desire is, perhaps, another way of saying that happiness can only be found within ourselves.