One rainy Saturday afternoon, when my son was four, we sat down to watch THE WIZARD OF OZ together. Having seen this movie roughly a zillion times in my own childhood, I was excited to share this cinematic classic with him.
Back then, my son wasn’t yet the expert moviegoer he is today, and he had the slightly annoying (yet also adorable) habit of wanting me to tell him what was going to happen in a scene before the scene played out. So, I spent the entire film narrating it, like a living, breathing Spoiler Alert.
“Now, the little men are about to dance and sing a song about lollipops.” I would say, predicting the film’s plot down to its smallest nuance. And “Watch! The Tin Man’s going to squeak.”
Then we got to the scene with the Flying Monkeys. “This is the scary part,” I warned my son, pulling him closer. “We might have to fast forward.”
“But I want to know what’s going to happen next, Mommy,” he demanded.
“Um,” I squinted at the screen. “I think…”
And that’s when I realized that I didn’t know what was going to happen next. In the dozen times I’d seen THE WIZARD OF OZ as a child, even thought of myself as an expert on the subject, I’d never actually seen the scary parts.
Which brings me to wonder: what are some of my other flying monkeys? What are yours?