Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

Everything around our house lately seems to (still) revolve around the Wizard of Oz.

We were at Target the other day, and as Ms. Kaz was looking at clothes, my daughter and I went to check out the toy aisle. One of the things we discovered there were dress-up costumes and other toys that were obvious rip-offs of characters they apparently could not or did not want to pay for the rights to.

RubySlippersWhat we found was a costume set of “Dorothy,” complete with “ruby slippers,” and a “good witch” outfit with crown and wand. Not from The Wizard of Oz, mind you, the set just happened to have clothes similar to that of two characters from that movie.

Well, I hate to admit it, but we pretty much just bought the set (hey, it was kind of cheap) so our daughter could wear the ruby slippers. We looked for a pair of sparkly, red Mary Janes, since Ms. Kaz remembers seeing them there last year, but they no longer carried them. So, these costumes would have to suffice.

We never really played dress-up with our daughter before, aside from the occasional paper bag robot. She is now addicted to dressing in these costumes. She actually likes the good witch one better than the one with the ruby slippers.

She insists on wearing this costume during reading/milk/snack time prior to bed. Last night, she asked if she could wear the costume to bed. I fell back on the standard excuse, “Sorry, it will make too much noise, and keep you up at night.” Apparently, this is acceptable to a 2 1/2 year old.

The other day, she also bit her tongue, and I used the wand to “magically heal it” — “BLING! All better!”

Now, Ms. Kaz and I have to stick our tongues out, pretending we bit them, so my daughter can wave the wand, and go “BLING!”

We’ve ventured down the dress-up path, and there’s no turning back.

Here are some other Oz-related tidbits:

  • My daughter has begun quoting the line, “Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?” The cute thing is that she does it in the soft little voice. I think she is trying to say it like Glinda, the good witch.
  • Speaking of this line, what’s the deal with Glinda telling Dorothy that, “only bad witches are ugly”?? What kind of lesson is that teaching kids?
  • The other day, when my daughter was making me be Dorothy (yeah, I know…), we have the following conversation:

Daughter: Your name is tortilla!
Me: Tortilla?
Daughter: Tortilla Lemon!

I think this may be Dorothy’s porn name…

6 Responses to Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

  1. You mean good-looking witches can be bad?!?? I wish I’d known that when I was younger – would have saved me a great deal of previously baffling difficulty.

    Dudelet hasn’t done much dressing up until recently when he got heavily into a doctor’s set he’d been given and started acting out everything he’d been through in hospital (broken femur) with a two favourite toys. Seemed to be quite therapeutic. Supermum was assigned the role of ‘nurse’. I was ‘needle’. Hmm.

    [Kaz: I try to get Ms. Kaz to take the role of "nurse" but she sees right through me. I am sure I read somewhere that "role playing" is how kids learn about their world. Or learn about something.]

  2. planet3rry says:

    perhaps Glinda just means “ugly on the inside” or some other psychological mumbo-jumbo like that.

    At halloween, I see quite a few bad, err… I mean naughty witches… and by no means are they ugly.

    [Kaz: ... and naughty nurses, and naughty devils, and naughty cheerleaders, etc. Unfortunately, this just reminds me that my daughter will be a teenager one day.]

  3. Dan says:

    A good game to play with magic wands is to wave it and magically transform your kid into something- which they then have to act out. The usual suspects are cat, frog, elephant etc, but it can get amusing when you give them the odd curve ball like banana or bicycle.

    of course they start making you do it too, which can be a bit tiring after a while.

    [Kaz: Wait, do you have a real magic wand?]

  4. JIM says:

    Glinda’s reply is a good one.

    Dorothy says “I’m not a witch at all, witches are old and ugly”.

    Glinda’s reply essentially equates “bad” with “ugly”, leaving “witch” as a neutral term. Glinda creates the space for White Magic here.

    Of course, die-hard religious zealots may see that as blasphemy, but I don’t think that’s what you meant.

  5. What I like most about cats is that they read your mood so precisely.Then the wittle furballs invariably make you feel better :)Go Kitties!

  6. Jenna says:

    I don’t know if this is at all useful or relevant, just reading the bit about costumes you found, I am a Ruby Slipper replica maker. I’m taking it up myself to let Wizard of Oz fans know that I’m out here and making ruby slippers to the exact resemblance, and not just the Ruby colour, owned by the Wicked which is the East, but a pair in Ocean Aqua, owned by the Good which is of the South, and in Emerald green, owned by daughter of the Wizard himself.

    They are tuely amazing, if yourself or anyone else would like to see the stunning shoes, please do email me.
    jennadwyer@hotmail.com

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