Charlotte, my goddaughter loves “The Wizard of Oz”. I also loved it as a child. With today’s inventions (dvd player) she can watch it over and over. When I was little I had to wait until that one time it came on every year. Remember “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” also came on once a year? So of course, Charlotte owns a pair of ruby slippers. Oh, and these are not her first pair. Nor are there her only pair. I guess they are as basic to her wardrobe as maybe various Mary Jane Keens are to mine. And yes, I have a pair of ruby (actually called beet red!) ones!
In the original book, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, L. Frank Baum had Dorothy wear silver shoes not ruby red ones. They were changed in the movie to take advantage of the new Technicolor film process. I really don’t think the silver shoes thing would have grown into nearly as big of a deal as ruby slippers. I mean even saying ruby slippers just flows off the tongue and conjures lovely images. And to just imagine that Dorothy only needed to click her heels three times and repeat “There’s no place like home. ” Hmmm…maybe I should try that with my red Keens.
When ruby slippers just won’t do at all, she has a pair of ruby sneakers to take up the slack! What’s a little princess to do without a pair of ruby sequined Converse? A girl needs a pair of “getting into things” shoes! Why didn’t they have such cute shoes when I was little?
Charlotte and I are posing with our ruby slippers here. Yes, mine are the BIG feet. We didn’t think to try clicking our heels three times, but probably because when we are together we are home.
Here’s the precious face behind those tiny feet. Now, if she can just find some ruby cowboy boots she’ll be set. Or if Ugg’s just came in ruby!