On sunny days, the Wicked Witch of the West is seen a lot here on the Yellow Brick Road. She has a neurotic side. It’s obvious she has severe water phobia, but she’s not completely crazy. If water splashes on her, she’ll melt. Here, she agrees to talk to me about her efforts to let go of her fear.
Wicked Witch, what’s inspiring you to try to end your obsession with water after all these years?
WW: Fear of being touched by water has prevented me from experiencing so much in life! It’s strangling me! I finally want to be free of it!!!!
Yeah! Water avoidance must make your life a total wreck!
WW: I can’t take showers or baths, can’t go swimming, can’t go to the beach. When I cook, I can’t spill water on myself or wash the dishes, so I always pick up take-out. And the obvious one, I can’t go out in the rain.
I definitely understand your feelings. I can’t stand being in elevators, planes, total darkness…to name a few.
WW: That’s the only reason I agreed to talk to you.
Thank you. But in your case, you have a real reason for being water phobic. It’s connected to death in a serious way. Has something extreme happened in your life recently that has changed your perspective?
WW: My sister died. You know, she was just walking around Oz, minding her own business, when a house came down from the sky, dropped on top of her, and killed her. That blew my mind, and now I see we’re all out of control in the universe and never know what the next moment will bring. Why not take chances?
So how are you gonna change?
WW: I’m going out in the rain.
Wow! But if water splashes on you, you’re still as likely to melt as you were before.
WW: That’s why I’ll wear a wet suit, scuba mask, flippers, a rain slicker, a rain hat, rubber gloves, and carry an umbrella.
I see you’re taking it in small steps.
Well, I admire your courage and wish you the best of luck. And I appreciate that you haven’t ordered flying monkeys to tear me apart.
WW: The day isn’t over.
FOLLOW UP NOTE: Shortly after I spoke to the witch, unexpectedly, a young girl, Dorothy, tossed a bucket of water on her and killed her. I believe we’re all made of good and bad, so the witch leaves behind a powerful message. She was determined to continue to let go of what was holding her back in life until the very end.