We quietly waited as our excitement was hard to contain. The smell of different perfumes filled the room and danced through our brains. My heels tapped on the floor and the room began to get dark. I glanced over at my daughter and whispered, “It’s about to start."
The rush of the performance began to set in and with that came a complete silence, you could hear the drop of a pin.
Sitting at the edge of our seats while holding our hands together so tight, it was Mary Poppins and she flew in from the right. She gracefully danced onto the stage and with each scene we would all turn the page.
The night was filled with such magic and glee, our eyes stayed intently focused on all we could see. Three hours of nothing but pure fascination! When I purchased these tickets, I was unaware of the possible sensation!
Of course a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but Mary’s work is not done until the whole house is sound. Even though the thought of it is something quiet atrocious… “Super-cali-fragi-listic-expi-ali-docious!"
This night was quite amazing! I had cordially invited my seven-year-old daughter to attend a Broadway musical of Mary Poppins in downtown Houston. We dressed in our finest clothes and giggled all the way there. We held hands as we briskly ran through the Hobby Center while stopping at each entrance to ask if that was where we belonged. Between Lexi’s tights falling down from her waist and my heels rubbing my skin raw, we finally made it to our seats. (Oh, the joys of being a lady!)
When I was young, my sister and I must have watched Mary Poppins over five hundred times. I knew every song, word for word and dreamed of Mary Poppins being my nanny. Even though it had been over fifteen years since the last time I had seen the movie, I just knew I would recall everything about it. As the scenes rolled on, I recognized all of the songs but the story line MUST have changed. This could not possibly be the same Mary Poppins that I grew up to love? This was different, but in a very good way.
Then it dawned on me, this is the same story line! Yet, at the age I fell in love with it, I was unable to recognize the importance of the story. As a little girl, I only saw what I wanted to see and missed the true message….. completely!!!
How many of you think of the story of Mary Poppins as I did...a nanny that flies in on an umbrella, who comes to govern these spoiled children, while taking them on fun adventures like kite flying and chimney sweeping?
I quickly learned that Mary Poppins, who is “practically perfect in every way,” is like a guardian angel who is sent to the Bank’s residence to teach each family member how to fully be alive and live in each moment. She begins to show the over-achieving, work-a-holic father how to be present with his wife and children. In doing that, the whole family developed this healthy balance that did not exist before her mystical entrance.
How did I miss all of that? Was I too busy learning the songs or was my heart blinded and now I see? Whatever the reason, I walked away with humility to recognize that my eyes only let me see what I want to see in the moment. Yes, I was a child then and maybe this kind of lesson was over my head at the time, but I am still a “child” of God and I am sure there are many things I encounter on a day-to-day basis that I am still blind to see (when all the while, I THINK I REALLY SEE.). Oh, do you hear me?
All I can do is just submit myself to the Lord every day and ask Him to be my eyes. Ask Him for His wisdom as He brings me through each day with a lesson to learn.
How appropriate that I took my precious daughter, who is my real life “Mary Poppins," who teaches me every day and helps to open my eyes!
Write from my heart,