Last summer, during the Kentucky Theater's summer classic movie series, they played Mary Poppins- my all-time favorite movie. M was out of town and no one would go with me, so I headed downtown for dinner and a movie all by myself, which I had never done before. Dinner was good, but it was weird eating all alone, I'll admit. I headed over to the theater. "It's sold out. Sorry." What?? I was literally devestated. This had been my favorite movie since I was around 8, and I had missed my opportunity to see it on the big screen. I'm pretty sure I called M in San Diego crying.
M drives by the Kentucky every morning, and he noticed last week that Mary Poppins would be played again this year. You can bet I didn't miss it this time, and M got to go with me. It was so fabulous- as brilliantly wonderful as I'd hoped and imagined. Little kids laughing. Grown people like me singing along to all of the songs. Thunderous applause at the end. As we walked back to the car, the two little girls behind us sang "Let's go fly a kite." It was really fantastic, and I was the definition of giddy throughout.
I have wanted to be like Mary Poppins my whole life. Who wouldn't? She's practically perfect in every way! She's beautiful and clever ("We'd better keep an eye on this one. She's tricky.") and imaginative and she sings more beautifully than anyone on the planet. All that and she has a magic carpet bag and a talking parrot umbrella and Dick Van Dyke. I don't know what I'll do if my children don't love Mary Poppins. I think I will take it as a personal insult.
So, a whole blog entry about a children's movie. Here's to all of your favorite childhood movies and memories. Happy Thursday.