Ever really think about the depth of some of the movies we enjoy? In the Wizard of Oz, for example, clicking a pair of bedazzled mary jane shoes can take Dorothy home. But along her path and before she goes safely home, she endures fear, the unknown of the next curve, darkness, laughter, a lovable puppy, tears, a new friend who needs courage and a new friend who seeks love. She isn’t even aware that the shoes she is already wearing can take her home. Click three times, Dorothy, Click three times!
The last few days have been hard. Heck, the last two years have been awful. I’m tired, terrified of what watching all this madness will do to my sweet daughter long-term, and my concentration isn’t always 100%. Thankfully, I have a career I love, a daughter who continues to thrive amidst the ‘red mary jane/Seussville swirl’ and a family that loves me.
Siteman Cancer Center is moving up my second go round of radio iodine to early January. I wasn’t as scared the first time. Something about everything else I had just endured and then cancer on top of all that pain seemed like just another nasty entity to cross off my list and move on.
Unfortunately, cancer doesn’t work that way. There is no fairy godmother or good witch to shake out the bad. And just because I don’t have time for it, doesn’t mean it goes away.
But like Dorothy, I have met new friends on the path, enjoyed laughter, endured my share of tears and darkness, loved a new little puppy, and kept hoping that around every curve, I would and will find peace.
Just like Dorothy, I own bright red Mary Jane’s. Perhaps the script had it wrong, and the writer intended “kick” not “click” three times.
I pray for peace, acceptance and strength. I ask the same from you.