Friday, April 26, 2013

smoke and mirrors

"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!"
-L. Frank Baum, from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
 
Recently, we saw a matinee of the new movie 'Oz The Great And Powerful' at the Terrace Theatre in West Ashley. I love this theatre because you can find popcorn for the kids and an espresso for yourself. In the summertime, they play the old classics here free for children and it is where my boys first saw the movie 'The Wizard of Oz', larger than life on the big screen. The new movie 'Oz the Great and Powerful' delves into what life was like before the magician actually became the Wizard we know and love. Through the use of smoke and mirrors, we think that Oz is a perfect place where nothing ever goes wrong and there is nothing to fear. As you and I know, there is no such place.


When I took this picture at Brookgreen Gardens and the amazing field of tulips, it brought to mind the field of poppies in the movie we had just seen...


People have asked me if the vivid colors and surreal sunny days here on the blog are actual or retouched. I confess I try to use mostly all my own photos and I do tweek them a bit sometimes! I often have to go back to a place we've visited to get the best angle I can bearing in mind that I have about 2 minutes of your time to sell the idea to you. Oz would not have seemed half as appealing without that bright yellow brick road to lead us there. However, not all of our adventures go swimmingly. What they say about working with kids and dogs is true, it can be tricky...


On one recent day trip, I forgot my phone charger, almost ran out of gas in a secluded area, and got us lost twice. In the picture below, my son wiped out while running full tilt into a giant mud puddle. We had just arrived at our destination and had no spare clothes (the hand gesture here is saying "really Mom, now what am I supposed to do?!")...


Like Oz the Great and Powerful, I choose to stay positive and edit the grim reality out! The shot below was taken from our first kayak paddle of the season. Landing on your knees in an oyster bed is not a great start but my son soldiered on and had a great day...


Things don't always go as planned no matter how much we plan for an outing, and while I do edit most of these mishaps out (I do really want you to try kayaking after all!), I think our kids benefit from each and every adventure we try. Now I'm off to PluffMudKidville where the sky is always blue!

Stay tuned for more on the Terrace Theatre summer movies for kids! (* I personally wouldn't recommend Oz the Great and Powerful for young children. Those monkeys are even scarier this time around!)

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