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“…And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.”

Last week as I was watching the Oscars, a childhood memory was invoked when Whoopie Goldberg said she had to wait a whole year to watch The Wizard of Oz on television when she was a kid. Me too! In fact, when it finally did come around it was an epic household event that called for the taking of early baths, wearing feetie pajamas, snuggling up to cozy blankets carefully laid out on the living room floor and resting excited yet sleepy, little heads on bedtime pillows. In its original form, the movie was a startling 2 hours and 15 minutes! It was tradition, a childhood favorite that was met yearly with much sweet anticipation.

There’s something to be said for experiencing the emotion of anticipation. That good and excited feeling you get when you are looking forward to something; waiting for it, expecting it to happen. With today’s access to immediate alerts and notifications, instant messaging, texting, emailing and Face Booking communication capabilities, I don’t think kids have the opportunity to feel that enough nowadays. Often the answer to their question pings, dings or rings on their phones before they’ve had time to ask or even think it. Other than having to wait for Christmas and their birthdays, there’s not a whole lot they don’t have at their fingertips. Netflix and On Demand have pretty much ruled out having to wait a whole calendar year for the repeated viewing of anything.

It makes me a little sad. Having to wait for something, is not the worst thing. Anticipation invokes longing, another important emotion and along with that comes patience and appreciation. Not bad character traits to have.

dorothy sings

Every year as The Wizard of Oz began in classic black and white film I would wonder why I remembered it in color and then I would be surprised and elated all over again, like I was watching it for the first time, when Dorothy would step out onto a colored landscape after the tornado landed her house in Oz. Spectacular! The munchkins were favorites and the monkeys feared. Always, the scariest but most thrilling part for me was when Dorothy finally defeated the Wicked Witch of the West. Her journey from Kansas to Oz and back again inspired hope that dreams really can come true and there really is no place like home.

The purpose of Whoopie’s stage appearance at the Oscars was to introduce the singing artist, Pink who was performing Over the Rainbow in commemoration of The Wizard of Oz‘s 75th Anniversary. It’s always dangerous when someone “new” attempts to sing something as “old”, cherished, ingrained and beloved to so many. I got teary every time I heard “Dorothy” sing that song and admittedly, I cringed slightly when I heard Pink was going to sing it.

Did you catch it?

Pink’s unique rendition of Over the Rainbow was stellar!


It respectfully paid beautiful homage to the original, Judy Garland version and reminded me just how much I truly love that song.

It inspired hope that somewhere, out there, over the rainbow, the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.

What do you think?

Photo Credit #1 & 2:  Google Images/Ruby Slippers/Dorothy

  1. singleworkingmomswm
    March 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Wow, I didn’t get to see that part of the Oscars, and she did a stellar job, indeed! I love it when artists can put aside their typical genres and respectfully pay homage to the greats. On the Wizard of Oz: I remember watching it also, and hiding my face every time the wicked witch appeared. On anticipation: we have to work hard today to make sure our kids learn the value of waiting. Limiting the technology helps this, I believe. On daring to dream and believing they will come true: I feel so lucky to have many rainbows here on the Central Coat-more than I’ve ever seen anywhere else (when we get the rain, that is), and they remind me of this. Not only having dreams, but believing in them. Lovely post, friend! XOXO


    • March 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you Kasey! Your thoughts are so very much appreciated & I agree, it is our job as adults/parents to help our kids learn the value in “waiting” and yes, what do we have if not our dreams??? xoxox Karen


  2. March 11, 2014 at 7:23 am

    beautiful, Karen. I love the way you weave your thoughts about anticipation through this experience. I saw the performance and loved it, too.


    • March 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thanks so much, Anita. I appreciate your comments.


  3. March 11, 2014 at 7:45 am

    You’re right – sometimes anticipation is half the fun. Take Christmas, for example.


    • March 11, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      Thank you for reading & commenting, Lady!


  4. Anonymous
    April 8, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    lovely post Karen, lt brought back some lovely memories .


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