Once upon a time there was a boy and a girl. One day they put on their traveling clothes all ready for an adventure. They set out into the white, barren land in which they lived. Before too long they found themselves in a most beautiful land which was warm and full of color. They looked at each other and smiled.
A lady from this magical land gave them both an elixir. They tasted the concoction and it was so delicious they drank it all up. The lady gave them another, and the boy and girl sipped the elixir as they set out to explore this beautiful, colorful land.
They wandered deeper into the color and sound of this magical place. They left no breadcrumbs behind for they didn’t care if they ever returned to the place from which they came. The elixir they drank started to have a strange effect and made the boy and girl feel more adventurous than ever.
Oh the things they saw! The lights and sounds and colors made the boy and girl feel alive and excited. When something caught their eyes they would sit and converse. Yes! They interacted with lobster fishermen and even ducks! The wonderful thing about conversing with those who lived in this land was that they paid the boy and girl for spending time with them. It wasn’t as if they were desperate for company. No, they were just grateful to have the pleasure of visiting with such nice people like the boy and girl. After all, the boy and girl were known for their pleasantries and fine manners.
Deeper into the land they went and got glimpses of their pasts. They met Jed, Jethro, Elly Mae and Granny. They also met Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman, and Cowardly Lion. The boy and girl thought these characters were long gone from their lives, but in the magical land they came to life and entertained the boy and girl as good hosts and hostesses often do.
All the while the boy and girl were exploring the girl kept expecting to see her brother, who had died from a terrible malady some time ago. She couldn’t see him, but felt his presence in this swirling atmosphere. The elixir the girl drank made his presence seem stronger, but still no matter how hard she looked she couldn’t see him.
His presence was all around her though, and she felt it very strongly when she happened across Alfred Hitchcock. Surely her brother must be near, as she knew he occupied the same space as Mr. Hitchcock. For a brief moment she wondered, is this strange land heaven?
The boy returned with some more of the elixir and when she drank it her eyes fell upon yet another who could surely find her brother. Michael Jackson. The King of Pop. There he was in the midst of flashing lights, his music blaring. The girl sat down next to him and though he couldn’t bring her brother to light he entertained her beyond her greatest expectations. He too, like the others she had visited, gave her money for her company. Lots of it. She swooned in the midst of the noise and when he asked her on many occasions “Who’s bad?” she always answered I am!
The girl never found her brother even though she knew he was near. When the boy met up with her again they feasted upon the most delicious food they could find and in their delirious states they decided it was time to find their way home again.
They vowed to return soon to the magical land of light and sound, to sip the enchanted elixir, and to visit with the inhabitants. If you ever want to escape the dreariness of your regular life there is a place not too far away where make-believe becomes real, where fuzziness is clarity, and those who share your passion are never far away. Find it and enjoy it to the hilt.
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