Sunday, June 22, 2008

We're off to see the wizard

The Kraken has a new favorite movie. Her first non-animated love. Fortunately for me, it's The Wizard of Oz, one of my all-time favorites. I remember watching it over and over again with my friend Steel Magnolia's daughter, who used to hide behind me when the wicked witch came on the screen.

So, this morning when we woke up (at 8:15, bless you, Kraken), we came downstairs, got our libations (my one cup of coffee that I am allowed, and the Kraken's giant cup of yogurt smoothie), and curled up on the sofa in a puddle of pillows and blankets to watch the movie. I was shocked at how bad the special effects were, and at how very little it mattered, then or now. The magic of this movie has nothing to do with the visuals, and everything to do with the very human fascination with that which is different from what we know and see every day. The obviously painted backdrops and giant plastic flowers detract nothing from the appeal of the story.

For the most part, the Kraken watched the movie, and I watched the Kraken. Hand on her chin like a caricature of rapt attentiveness, favorite blanket tossed to the side like an old piece of fruit. Mesmerized, as I had been. And I found myself a little overwhelmed, suddenly, by the awareness of how much there still is for her to experience, both great and small. She's never been to Disneyworld. Never read a book by herself. Never petted a rabbit. Never ridden on a roller coaster. Of course she hasn't. She's only 3. But it dawned on me, sometime between the arrival of scarecrow and the tin man, that I will not only get to witness these experiences, I have the honor of providing them.

Making cupcakes

Planting some coreopsis



I can't wait.


bon said...

Beautiful post.

and that's it, that's why kids bring the magic back to their parents. Holiday's regain their glamour, those books that you treasured so much as a child get a new life, those magical shows and places are new all over again. Yeah, you are the one providing them, but you somehow get to SEE the through your child's eyes, just like it was new for you too.

Love it! And could you have a more darling little girl? I think NOT! My favorite pic is the one of her gardening, complete with gloves and kneeling board.

Michaela said...

wow, i step away from the blogosphere for a while, and you not only get knocked up with twins but the girl grows old enough to watch the wizard of oz! serves me right...

seriously, big congrats to you -- both on the bambinos in the making and on that gorgeous, gorgeous girl.

devilish southern belle said...

I think that is probably the best movie for any mother and child to bond to....seems everyone loves it, and it's timeless.

I still haven't gotten my kids to this point, I'm thinking they'll enjoy Islands of Adventure a lot better!