move over, laura

Josephine has a new love. And calling it love is using moderation; really, it’s more of an obsession.  It’s the Wizard of Oz.  Or, as she likes to call it, the “Wizar Davoz.”  She’s watched YouTube videos of the scenes from the movie where Dorothy meets the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion and the scene where Dorothy is serenaded by the Munchkins*.  These little glimpses, my telling her the story, and daily doses of the soundtrack to the Broadway show have fueled a deep love for this rag-tag band of Yellow Brick Road travelers.

When she first fell for Laura Ingalls, she played she was riding in the wagon with Pa and Ma, and Rose was renamed Baby Carrie for a bit of time. Now, we’re constantly traveling down the Yellow Brick Road, constantly searching for Toto who jumped out of my arms (yes, I am Dorothy) just as the hot air balloon was about to leave, constantly speculating on whether or not all of Scarecrow’s body is really made of straw. (How would he chew crunchy foods with teeth made of straw? Pondering deep questions such as this is our new past time.) Ned is Scarecrow. Thankfully, he’s dropped the floppy-armed stance and doofy voice he took on when he first was dubbed Scarecrow, but I think Josephine has called him “Scarecrow” instead of Dada about 80% of the time over the past week.

[I’m typing a bit of this as Josephine enjoys a post-nap snack and she just turned her tofu slabs into a Yellow Brick Road.]

She tells everyone she interacts with about Dorothy and her friends and introduces them to whichever of her stuffed animals is playing the role of Toto that day. She woke up in the middle of the night one night and Ned went in to check on her and she said, “What is the Scarecrow’s real name? I never thought of that before.” She’s in deep.

Here are some bits of an interview I conducted with Josephine about Oz. Enjoy.

*The day after we watched the Munchkin clip together, she requested that we watch “that movie where Dorothy meets the bitty gnomes wearing funny clothes” again.

7 Responses to “move over, laura”

  • meg Says:

    oh my god. i am in love with your daughter. i want emilee to be obsessed with oz! what fun!

  • meg Says:

    okay, em and i just watched the video together. “they miss me,” she said, “can we skype with them?”

  • Erika Says:

    i also (quite often) have too much exercise in my chin. so i can totally relate. that was laugh out loud sweetness!

  • oma Says:

    e–who doesn’t?

    m–i am very impressed that em picked up on josephine’s very subtle subtext about missing her and wanting to skype. we’d love a skype date soon!

  • meg Says:

    em is quite good at subtext for almost 3. as for skype, what does your tomorrow look like? we are playing with worms tomorrow morning (10 our time), but then don’t have anything else on the docket until we ride the metro to pick up the ekrem clan at the airport– it’s choochoo day.

  • auntie mae Says:

    are we 100% sure she’s not my kid? i mean, an obsession with the wizard of oz? i STILL have that obsession.

  • oma Says:

    maet–i’m pretty sure i recall pushing her out of me. i think she just takes after good people.