Help! I've fallen down the Disney+ rabbit hole! (like that, Alice and Wonderland reference?)
(un)Luckily for me, I found myself sitting on the couch with an arm injury, which meant two things: ice your arm and don't move it. That's a tough thing for a busy brain like me. The idea of sitting down and not drawing or playing on my phone seemed daunting, but I knew what had to be done.
I pulled up the Disney+ App that has been abused since we downloaded it, and made my way to the original Mary Poppins. There is no telling how many times I have seen this movie. Without exaggerating, I would estimate it is close to one hundred. I recently admitted on Instagram that I had a massive crush on Dick VanDyke as a kid, and this movie is where it all started! But the real crush was that on Mary Poppins and they way Julie Andrews portrayed her.
As a young girl, I remember being in awe of her confidence, style, and cheeky wit. I looked up to women like that! I was raised by a woman like that! Watching it now, the feelings haven't changed. What stands out now are the active and essential themes in the thread of what Mary Poppins is about.
Take one of the first scenes in The Banks home - Mrs. Banks is home from one of her woman's rallies. (Relatable! You know me, I love a good cause!) She sings one of the best songs of the movie, "Sister Suffragette" (BOLD STATEMENT, I KNOW!). Still, the message, especially for the period the film was made, was courageous and vital for children (and moms) to see.
"We're clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for women's votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group, they're rather stupid."
Then, when Mr. Banks arrives home, he sings a pompous song which more than proves Mrs. Banks' sentiments in Sister Suffragette. But you know what I loved most about it? She knew she didn't need to point it out. She loved Mr. Banks anyway. I could relate to that in a way now that I couldn't possibly as a child.
I love it when partners are respectful of one another despite their shortcomings.
And to Mr. Banks' defense, his wife could have been more hands-on; instead, she didn't want to "bother the police" with a phone call when her children were missing.
CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? (I love Mary Poppins Returns just as much)
I could dissect the psychology and behavior of characters all day long. Still, the real take away for me was the brilliance in which Disney and the writers of Mary Poppins, told a more in-depth story of what is really important.
Here are my top 10 takeaways from one of my very first Role Models, the practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins.
10. Clean up your space. When you keep your area organized and clean up your mess, life is a lot easier to manage.
9. Every time you put your judgment away, you see something more beautiful. (Same message in Mary Poppins Returns with "A Cover Is Not The Book")
8. Be bold, and be generous. Give your hard-earned tuppence to the people and causes that change your heart and grow your mind. But set up an account and get that compound interest working for you.
7. Know your worth and have the confidence to defend it respectfully.
6. Don't understand someone's point of view? It means you need to spend time with them.
5. Stick to your schedule. You have responsibilities in this lifetime, and prolonging them will only waste yours and everyone else's time.
4. Look after people. Just because you think someone is "fine" doesn't mean that they are. We all need someone to talk to. That doesn't stop when you become a parent. In fact, you may find yourself needing it more.
3. Whether your tiding a nursery, marching for woman rights, helping someone with finances, or cleaning a chimney, it's important to have pride in your work. And
don't forget to have some fun!
2. It's okay to talk about sad and challenging things. You'll laugh again.
1. Listening to children and spending time together as a family is the best way to live a life of purpose. #LifeILive
What are your favorites moments and lessons from Mary Poppins? I would love to hear from you!
This scene is SO important and one of my favorites from any Disney Movie!