EVERYTHING I AM, EVERYTHING I KNOW, I OWE IT TO MARY POPPINS
If you wonder what’s the biggest difference between growing up in France, the US or everywhere else in the world actually. I’d say. Well I don’t know. Or I do but it’s rather long to write about differences. Let’s focus on what brings us together. And the truth is that we all had the same nanny growing up. Because she literally can fly anywhere.
- •So as a young French girl, I also was obsessed with Mary Poppins. Very obsessed my mum would like me to precise: my personal record was the time I got sick around 6 years old.I had to stay out of school for week. My mum would take care of me on the morning, and my actual nanny would come on the afternoon. So that’s 2 different times a day I got asked ‘what do you wanna do today’? And to the both I answered “watch Mary Poppins”. From Monday to Friday. And same thing on the week-end. So I can say that I’ve it 18 times a week with witness. My VHS died at some point.
- •And that was just in French. Years later I found the original version. So actually I lost count. My point is: I watched it a lot. I loved it then and I still do.
- •Now let's talk life lessons :We often use the expression “EILILIF”, ok maybe not that often. But if we’re being literal this time I legitimately learned everything from Mary Poppins. And if not from her from Bert, the kids, Mrs Bank and even Mr Bank.
- •1. YOUR JOB IS NOT YOUR LIFEMr Bank gave his life to his bank but what does the bank gave him? One of the most humiliating scene I’ve ever see.
- •That’s definitely one of the most important point of the movie, and I guess sometimes people should be remembered that. The employers will forget easily years of services for just one accident. And more importantly YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND PETS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVERYTHING.
- •2. DON'T EXPLAIN ANYTHING (OR AT LEAST NOT EVERYTHING)I feel that this wisdom of Mary is so important, especially for girls/women. The need to explain why you’re right, the insecurity that hides behind every justification. You don’t have to justify every decision you make. People should just deal with it or leave, not you.
- •3. IN GROUP THEY'RE RATHER STUPIDI remember as a very young girl I had absolutely no idea what the suffragette was really about, it was just very catchy and then one day I got it and I was like: hell yes! We now may have the right to vote but let’s keep fighting for equality and basics rights for women everywhere in the world. Because http://giphy.com/gifs/stupid-men-4xFrO2fFZees
- •4. YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND SOMETHING TO SAYThe idea behind supercalifragilisticexpialidocious is that there is a word even if it seems there’s no word. But for me there's a deeper meaning of that which is that no matter the situation you’ll find actually something to say and you’ll be ok articulate your thought. I mean even when she won a carrousel horses race, Mary Poppins found something to say, so you’ll be ok . (And let’s not forget that the tiny moustache man found his wife when he didn’t see it coming)
- •5. TELL WHAT YOU WANT, DON'T BE AFRAID TO SPEAK YOUR MINDObviously a Mary Poppins, or suffragette mum personality trait, but I’m also thinking of the kids in front of their dad : first they do say what they want in a nanny, which is what really lead to Mary coming to their home. And later, Michael sticks to his beliefs at the bank. Maybe things will turn wrong and you’ll get attack by old men. But maybe it won’t.
- •Speaking of disagreeing, I’d like to take a minute to point out that there’s subjects I disagree with in the movie : first, sorry pigeons lady, but I’m with Mr Bank on this one: that’s just gross. As a Parisian I can attest that pigeons are the worst thing on earth. And also what’s the heck is this laughing to much scene?There’s not such thing as laughing too much
- •6. OBVIOUSLY A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR WILL HELP THE MEDICINE GO DOWNAs I wasn't able to swallow medicine till VERY recently, I remember my parents smashing some in a spoon like IN REAL LIFE. And here’s another thing you’ll learn: a song about medicine going down will haunt your head for days. You’re welcome.
- •7. IT'S OK THAT CHILDREN YOU TOOK CARE OF FORGET YOU AS SOON AS THEY SEE THEIR PARENTS (AND THAT IT MAKES YOU SAD)Ok that's specific, but if you were a camp counsellor you know the feeling. I was a camp leader for years and my first last day was very hard: I cried just as much as the kids in the train going back home. But the moment I stayed on the train platform by myself with every kids having left was the worst. And my first thought was for Mary when she’s at the door. Luckily I didn’t have a talking umbrella but best friends (also counsellors) with whom I had a cheeseburger (and endless friendships)
- •8. WE MAY LOOK DIFFERENT AND HAVE DIFFERENT LIVES, WE ALL HAVE DREAMSI got pretty late the importance of the scene between Mr Bank and Burt. But it’s actually the turning point moment. Mr Bank is supposed to be the one who made it but he’s not happier than Bert, au contraire. So remember what your dreams are, and that you can also change them.
- •9. DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVEROr a bag by its size. Right in the beginning, Mary’s statement is a lifetime good advice. So a Nanny isn’t what she seemed, nor are the stubborn children, or the distant father. See beyond that (or as say later “some people can’t see further than their nose”).
- •10. And finally l, of course, YOU CAN TOTALLY jump into a drawing. And dance with penguins.