Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Wizard of Oz

We have been learning about tornadoes during school time and so when picking out a movie for our weekly movie night I choose 'The Wizard of Oz' so that they could see a tornado. All seven of us piled on the couch with M&M's and lemonade. Now I have said before how funny I think our kids expressions both visually and verbally are but I can't remember the last time I have laughed this hard. I have certainly not ever enjoyed 'The Wizard of Oz' as much as I did this showing. Our three kids from Sierra Leone are 12, 8, and 6 but have never seen movies before this last year and have never seen some of the things that are fairly common to an American. Sometimes we have to explain what things are real and what things are pretend. So the tornado has John convinced that he does not want to go to America. The funny part, however, was when Dorothy ends up in Oz and is talking to Glenda the good witch who tells the hiding munchkins that they can come out of the flower bushes. It had been quite some time since I had seen the movie so I'll be more descriptive than may be necessary to some of you. When all those kids dressed as munchkins who are wearing makeup to look like adults with facial hair, weird hairdo's and strange balloon like outfits come out of the bushes John(8) jumped back and exclaimed 'oh!' and Isatu(6) shouted 'What is that?!?'. Andrew and I immediately choked on our candy but they didn't immediately notice how funny it was to us because as I looked down the length of the couch, three pair of eyes were staring up intently at the screen in concern. As more and more of the kids came out singing Albert(12) kept whisper talking to himself saying, 'Another one' and Isatu just kept saying 'what!' in her deep raspy voice. As the scene goes on there are 'baby' munchkins in a nest-like bed waking up and Isatu exclaimed in another gasp, 'Jesus of Nazareth'. They wanted to know if these guys are for Satan or Jesus. I had to explain that the tornado part is a real thing but that Oz and munchkins are not. All day today I have been randomly busting out laughing as I think of their wide eyed looks of concern and the hilarious comments.
Oh, if only I could make a request of the wizard. I would ask for a video of that.


  1. Hilarious!! I wish I could have seen their faces. Thanks for sharing, Heather.


  2. I remember the night I watched that with Levi and Ivey. I watched that movie every year growing up but they made me see things I haden't noticed before. mom

  3. Haaahahahahaha! Wish there was a video of this for sure! Good descriptions, though - hilarious. :)

  4. This is one of the funniest things I have ever read!!! "Jesus of Nazareth" - I can just hear their voices and picture their faces. Priceless!! I love your blog!

    Rachel Hamann