I recently introduced Eli to one of my all-time favourite musicals – Mary Poppins. I love pretty much everything about Mary – from her snarky remarks and giant carpet bag to her kindness and dresses. I still want a giant carpet bag and to ride a carrousel horse in a race. She really is practically perfect in every way. Needless to say, Eli loves it as much as I do (well – ffwding to the songs + entire cartoon part). Perhaps it was my excitement in the first place, or my magical singing voice that did it – but it doesn’t really matter. Eli goes nutty when he sees a kite flying above the lake and bursts out into “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” at least once a day. Every time he holds a bannister going down stairs he says “Medicine! Medicine! Medicine!” and tries to climb up to slide down. He dances along with Bert and the penguins and cheers during the horse race. He is working on his finger snap.
I’ve also realized that Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Mary Poppins. She has some very important lessons to teach.
1) Don’t complicate things that are really quite simple.
2) Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group they’re rather stupid.
3) Don’t make pie crust promises. They are easily made, but easily broken!
4) Blowing kisses is lucky.
5) There’s the whole world at your feet.
6) In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.
7) Well Begun is Half-Done.
8) Stay awake, don’t close your eyes.
9) Childhood slips like sand through a sieve.
10) If you don’t scold and dominate children, they will never give you cause to hate them.
11) Enough is as good as a feast
12) Never judge things by their appearance. (even carpet bags. I’m sure I never do.)
13) Do things that fire your imagination.
At our house, we draw chalk landscapes, hold hands and jump in with our eyes closed. xo Which of these lessons speak to you? Do you share mine & Eli’s Mary Poppins love? ps. Although I love musicals like crazy, I am really looking forward to seeing Saving Mr. Banks – the true story of how the story of Mary Poppins was Disney-fied. P.L. Travers’ was quite upset. (and who doesn’t love Emma Thompson, really?)