Remember how much Dorothy wanted to go home in the Wizard of Oz? She was surrounded by gorgeous color, devoted friends, amazing adventures, but she had a constant quest. She just wanted to go home to Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. Why was that her quest, I sometimes wondered. I confess I was in love with Scarecrow and Lion. They were so cool. They doted on her and protected her. They appealed to the independent streak within me. I really wanted her to stay in Oz and marry Scarecrow. I, on the other hand, wanted to be Glinda and travel around in a magic bubble.
But I have a dichotomy. I too want to be with those I love. Remember in Jerry Maguire when Maguire realizes that all of his (and his newfound client’s) success mean nothing if he doesn’t have his beloved along to share his experience? It is too one way, even for the self-obsessed Jerry Maguire. So he heads to her side and expresses that she completes him. Of course, this too is self-obsessed, isn’t it? Does he say that life means more if they complete each other? Nope. So you know that he has much to learn.
Dorothy, on the other hand, awakens back in Kansas in her black and white world. She tells them where she has been, and realizes with complete amazement that the farm hands and Professor Marvel had been there with her in Oz. She says there is no place like home. She is correct. All that she needed to feel safe, loved, and joyous had been right there with her. It was with her no matter where she went. I am guessing, that if we had seen a picture on the wall of Auntie Em in her younger days, that she looked exactly like Glinda. And what of Uncle Henry? He was probably off camera in Oz, his hands behind his be-capped head, and his feet up on the porch rail while sitting in his chair. He no doubt had a bemused look on his face, as Dorothy gradually found her way home. No place like home. Dorothy brought the most important parts of Oz right back home with her to Kansas. And except for Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, she brought Kansas with her to Oz. [But they were with her in her heart regardless].
Maybe she will still marry Scarecrow… or Lion? How can you not love those guys. Sorry Tin Man–my heart fell for the other 2.