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Modern Stories

“Close you eyes and tap your heels together three times.
And think to yourself, there’s no place like home.”
Glinda the Good Witch of the South, “The Wizard of Oz”,  L. Frank Baum

 And as Dorothy did, she journeyed back to the farm. This week we’ll take a look at three modern tales as we discover in each instance how the characters journeyed from where they were to where they went.

Oh, the meanness of it all!
That beast whose heart was two sizes too small,
And do you know his miserable plan?
He plotted to steal the day of goodwill towards man!
But, he was foiled
(And lucky for us)

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For the Grinch learned the true meaning of Christmas

Because it can’t be bought or sold
It lives in the heart of young and old
And with his changed heart the Grinch became new
You see, his heart three times grew!

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The journey that the Grinch took was from meanness to kindness in Dr. Seuss’ beloved fable How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Thank you, Ted, for the lesson.

Carol McCloud learned about invisible buckets because she was fortunate enough to have adults and children in her life that filled hers with love and kindness, hope and optimism. Carol wrote Have You Filled a Bucket Today? as a testimony to those bucket fillers who add to everyone’s invisible bucket and as a warning to those bucket dippers who take away from our buckets. The journey is a discovery of how to add to our self-image. Thank you, Carol, for a beautiful story.
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The hand that gives and receives a kiss takes a mother’s love and protection wherever a child goes. Chester Raccoon learned this beautiful lesson from Mrs. Raccoon in Audrey Penn’s The Kissing Hand. Even as Chester was reluctant about leaving her, this simple concept gave him the peace of mind and confidence to do the thing he did not want to do. Audrey, thanks to you, a mother’s hand will never be  the same.
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We can journey with our children to learn lessons on where we are and where we can be thanks to modern classic stories.

Next week, I’ll ask the question why connect as we visit with Pooh. Thanks for taking the journey.

Blog originally posted in 2012 and refreshed for sharing.