Well, no one (as of 11:18pm) guessed my favorite Oz character correctly! I’m not totally surprised, because it’s an unusual preference. So let me explain —
I’m a sap. A total sap.
I tear up at the national anthem, I tear up looking at museum displays at the Smithsonian, I get choked up without fail at every single Olympic event.
I. am. a. sap.
Because of this, I remember connecting so much with the Tinman’s character when I was little. I felt everything in the world so strongly that it absolutely destroyed me to think that there could be someone that couldn’t feel at all.
The Wizard says to the Tinman, “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.” The Tinman replies, “But I still want one.“
Tears. Here they come.
Having a heart means that you feel joy and you feel sorrow. You feel.
I’ll never forget the “warning” I received about becoming a teacher — that my heart may be broken on a regular basis, and why would I want to do something like that?
I totally understand the Tinman. I relate to him.
There are many disadvantages to choosing teaching as your profession. Those disadvantages often times turn people away. I turn toward them, because teaching makes me feel. My heart is never so open and free as it is when I’m teaching (and learning).
So there you have it. I have an unusually soft soft-spot for our galvanized friend.
I’m still choosing a winner, and going with the person that guessed my second favorite Oz character — the Cowardly Lion — Storie! You are right, his “aw, shucks!” quality is what makes me smile anytime he is on-screen. Check your e-mail shortly for your copy of the binder set!
I’ll be back tomorrow with some new classroom decor, and a freebie (or two)! Don’t forget to enter my giveaway!