The Norman Transcript

September 29, 2013

The wonderful land of friends

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Growing up in Kansas, it’s quite impossible to hate the classic movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

That movie has everything us Kansas girls like: singing, handsome farm hands, cute dresses, amazing shoes — in red to boot. And it’s full of amazing friends and a beautiful message about how important they can be.

On Wednesday night, my husband and I took a walk on the wild side, skipped the gym and went to a movie — on a weeknight. And, double bonus for us daredevils, the flick was an IMAX movie and in 3-D.

It has always been a dream of mine to see “The Wizard of Oz” on the big screen, but I never imagined how big of a screen it would be. Or that it would be in 3-D. Did you ever know that the Tin Man has the most beautiful blue eyes? Or that Toto is in every scene of that movie. And the flying monkeys really aren’t that scary when you compare them to today’s movie monsters.

While at the movie theater, I ran into a friend of mine who also took a walk on the wild side to see a mid-week movie. She’s from Kansas, too, so we both marveled at how beautiful Judy Garland looked, and we both decided the tornado scene was a little harder to watch this round, considering the events on May 20.

I knew by going to see “The Wizard of Oz” in the theater, I would fall in love with one of my favorites again, but what I didn’t expect on a Wednesday night was realizing how important wonderful friendships can be.

Last weekend, I’d taken a trip to Tulsa to see my college best friend, Rebecca. All the way home, I marveled at how great it’s been having her in my life. That led me to think about how great all of my friends are. Some friends I’ve only known for a short time and some friends, I admit, I don’t deserve. It’s hard sometimes to keep up with all of the people in our lives. And, to be honest, I feel like sometimes they are too busy for me. I certainly don’t think that’s the way to think, and I hope those in my life never think I’m too busy for them.

Sitting in a dark movie theater, flanked by two friends — one a Kansas girl, the other my husband — I got a little overwhelmed with my feelings when little Dorothy Gale realizes what’s most important in life are the friends you share it with.

I don’t know how I got most of the special people in my life, and I don’t care. I’m happy to have them, and I’m just grateful I didn’t have to go to the Land of Oz to figure it all out.

Shana Adkisson