This weekend is my daughter’s stage debut in her school play, Wizard of Oz. She has worked hard and although she doesn’t have any speaking parts (she is part of the Lullabye League, but they just pretend to sleep and snore), she sings a couple of songs and had two parts (Lullabye League and Flying Monkey) which required her to learn quite a bit of choreography and timing. It has been fun to see her build confidence and was great to see her have a really good time last night. Here are some photos:
It is a very cute production and her Principal has worked incredibly hard on it for the past few months. It was a standing room only crowd last night and we have two more shows, one tonight and one tomorrow afternoon. I don’t know if she will continue to love drama and performing, but it is a lot of fun while she does!
The production made me wonder what would I ask the Great and Powerful Oz for, given the chance? What do I feel like I am most lacking in my life? And am I really lacking that thing or, like the characters in the Wizard of Oz, have I had it all along and just didn’t know it? It is a more difficult question than one might think. We often answer questions like this very flippantly and without much thought. “I would ask to be rich.” or “I would ask to be younger.” or some such thing. But, thinking about the characters in the play, they ask for a heart to love others with, a brain to be able to understand and reason through things and courage to protect others and be a force of good. But, Dorothy is who I most identify with. I think I would wish for my home to feel more like a “home” in the emotional sense of the word. A home that is happy and comfortable and warm and welcoming and full of joy. A home where love prevails and everyone who enters can feel that presence. Don’t get me wrong, our home isn’t lacking in love and we do have a good time at times, but the decor and the feel of our home is very much thrown together. We don’t have many family photos on the walls. Our furniture is mostly hand-me-down and not coordinated. Our surfaces are often piled high with stuff. It doesn’t always smell great because of the animals. Our carpets are stained. The paint has dulled over the years. There are things that need to be repaired. It just kind of reeks of temporariness even though we’ve been here for over seven years.
So, for 2017, I am going to choose the word “home” for my word of the year. And I am really going to focus on “homemaking”. Making a home that does all the things I listed above. Making a home that I would happily click my heels together three times and go to any time I am stressed and tired and needing comfort. Right now, I often want to click my heels to get away from my home! I want that to change!
So, what about you? What would you ask from the Great and Powerful Oz?