The Movie: The Wizard of Oz, 1939 (Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf, screenwriters; Victor Fleming, dir.)
Who says it: Billie Burke as Glinda the Good Witch, revealing the secret of the ruby slippers; Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, trying to get home from Oz
The context: After Dorothy has made her way to Oz, met the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion, and defeated the Wicked Witch of the West, she learns that she had the power to get home to Kansas all along, if only she'd known the magic words.
How to use it: To remind yourself that you probably have everything you need, if you take the time to figure it out.
Instead of ruby slippers, I have car insurance. What an amazing invention. And thanks to Kathleen & Mark, Gary, my mom, my sister Kathy and Greg at Santa Monica Volkswagen for pointing out that this sort of thing IS usually covered by comprehensive policies. Sheesh. All that drama for nothing -- although without the drama, where's the movie?
Home is where the people you love best love you too. I am very, very glad to have Ashton & Joseph here this weekend to bring a little bit of my Washington home with them.