I am a true fan of the Wizard of Oz. No, not the movie which came out in 1939 starring Judy Garland. I am a fan of All of the Oz books.
Yes, there was more than one; fourteen to be exact. By reading the books you find out that it was not a dream. Dorothy goes back to Oz many times and ends up living there with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry.
I wrote an article about the Real Wicked Witch, comparing the story with the book. You might be surprised to learn that the Wicked Witch in the book does not resemble the character played by actress Margaret Hamilton. In fact, the story of the Wicked Witch takes up only a small part of the book. The Flying Monkeys are not as scary as the ones in the movie either. They have their own story about why they do what they do.
Take a look for yourself. I promise that you won't be scared. Well, maybe just a little.
Shortcut to The Real Story of the Wicked Witch of the West
I am a storyteller. I like to wrap inspirational messages inside little vignettes of my life or the lives of others. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, have lived in an RV, and am now living in a senior apartment. Everything I've experienced in my 67 years in this incarnation is fair game to be written about.