Dorothy had visited OZ as a young girl - when she returned to Kansas no one believed her, not her Uncle, none of the farm hands and not even her dear Auntie Em.
Finally as the years past and she grew older she forgot much about OZ herself. She married, had children and buried both her Dear Uncle and Auntie Em. She was happy with her life in Kansas- it had fulfilled her in many ways, yet she always felt that something missing, something that seemed to be hidden deep in her memory.
As the end of her life started to draw near she started to go through the treasures she had collected along its journey. She was rummaging through the back of her bedroom closet and noticed an old tattered shoe box that seem to stir some emotion but did not recall why. She pulled it out from its hiding place and slowly moved out of the closet to sit her old bones on the edge of her bed. She opened it to a site that she had not seen in over 70 years. There wrapped in silver paper were the Ruby Red slippers that she had worn when she was a young girl. The memories started to come back to her and she began to recall more and more; the balloon trip over the rainbow, an Emerald city, a lion, a tin man and a scare crow. She began to remember a place called OZ and a wicked witch. Taking a second look to pull out the slippers she noticed a letter neatly folded and placed in the side of the box. She took it out and began reading it...
My Darling Dorothy, it started,
Many nights I have lost sleep about my decision to hide these slippers from you. But my dearest, your Uncle and I both loved you so much, since we could not have children of our own we had come to think of you as our daughter. When you left us during that tornado we were beside ourselves wondering how we would live without you in our lives. So when you returned to us we were overjoyed and thankful. You started talking about this place you had visited, a place called OZ. You were so happy talking about the friends you had made there and a horse of many colors. I was uncertain what you were talking about, we all thought you had hit your head and were having delusions. But then I saw the Ruby Red slippers on your feet and remembered the story about how they brought you home to us. I became frightened and thought if they could bring you home, they could also take you away from us again. I was so very frightened you would long again for this place called OZ and would leave us forever.
So I hid the slippers in this box, in the far back of your closet and thought if you ever found them your uncle and I would have long been gone and if you chose then to leave we could or would not stop you from leaving.
Please forgive me Dorothy, and I pray you find these slippers and get a chance to return to your beloved OZ before it is to late...
Love you Always my child..
Dorothy read the letter a second time...then it all started to come back to her, she started again to long for that place, the color, the Wizard and yes, she remembered a yellow brick road. She could hold no ill will toward her aunt for hiding the slippers because she had experienced a wonderful life in Kansas and knew that she would not have wanted it any other way. But her life was coming to an end and thought as she sat on the edge of the bed there is nothing really left for her to finish here this side of the rainbow. She started to wonder if she could still get the slippers on her feet and tired first one and it slipped right on. Then she put on the other, and with that she remembered what Glinda told her, that she had to tap the heels together and recite words telling the slippers where to take her. So Dorothy stood up and started to recite what came to her mind as the memories of OZ flooded back to her and tapped the heels of the Ruby Red slippers together.
carry me back to OZ
I have been away too long
my home maybe Kansas, but
OZ is where I belong
not since ’39
have I heard the Munchkins sing
the Lion he must be lonely
how I miss that cowardly King
the Tin Man must be rusted
the Scarecrow lost his mind
so, carry me back to OZ
my childhood I need to find
the Wizard he is waiting
I know I heard him call, to
free the Horse of Many Colors
shackled in his stall
the Wicked Witch does not scare me
nor monkey’s flying on the wing
good Glinda will be there to greet me
and protect me from everything
in Kansas the wind is blowing
everything still black and white
and, yes it may be my home, but
let me walk that Yellow Brick Road
again tonight --
When she was found later that day all had thought she passed away from a heart attack...until, until they read the letter and saw the slippers and they all realized she went back to that place called OZ she always loved....
This is for Jenny Matlock's - Alphabe-Thursday post - Rainbow color - RED