Recently, on Ellen, Claire Danes shared a sweet story of her love of The Wizard of Oz. She decided the time had come where she could introduce it to her four year old son. She sang the song, Somewhere over the Rainbow, to him at bedtime and now wanted to watch the film with him for the first time, through his eyes. His reaction’s made her question that decision when he became truly scared in the scary parts. She said with today’s [animated and comic book] films it never occurred to her that this would be seen as frightening. I’m glad she was there to give him comfort and to calm his fears.
I have asked others what about the film frightened them. The Flying monkey guards, the tornado, the wicked witch or, in my case, the mean-spirited neighbor are some responses. So, Claire’s experience with her son shows the power the story still has.
Fear makes us all uncomfortable. It makes us question the predicaments we find ourselves in. It also shows us how strong we are, how we can rise above those circumstances and make a difference. The confidence we gain by overcoming diversities is how hope is born.
Ms. Danes and her son shared many important lessons that day, subtle and profound, in those moments and within the path ahead. A rainbow of love, for sure, is where hope resides.
Ellen herself radiates hope in her own special ways. Here she is spreading joy as Glinda, good witch of Oz. Feel the joy!