Who doesn’t love Mary Poppins?

I love the movie Mary Poppins and have been known, on occasion, to quote Mary. No, not Thoreau or a notable philosopher but Mary. I am just not that deep. Mary has a practical approach to life and always has just the right response. Mary’s observations and timing are impeccable…she simply knows how to handle any situation.  So how can you go wrong? An absolute favorite quote of mine and one that my children often endured when making a heartfelt promise to me that I may have been a bit skeptical about. I would respond by quoting Mary: A pie crust promise. Easily made, easily broken.” How relatable and perfect is that? Love it!

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However, today  Bert’s words resonate with me and in particular a verse from one of his songs from Mary Poppins: “Winds in the east, mist coming in. / Like somethin' is brewin' and bout to begin. / Can't put me finger on what lies in store, / But I fear what's to happen all happened before.” Yes, I understand Bert is referring to the arrival of the amazing Mary but for today I understood these words when thinking about yet another Nor’easter hitting New England. Bert put into words what I felt in trying to describe our current siege of weekly Nor’easter’s. Nor’easter number three is certainly under way and what a storm it is! School continues to be cancelled and days in June are piling up like snow totals. I love children and have always felt that I have learned a lot from my children about not only how to live life but how to respond to a serendipitous event.  Sometimes you just need to eat desert first. Children teach us the endless lessons about the joy of living. As adults we are often and rightfully so, focused on our responsibilities, family, and work.  Stress enters our adult world daily. Watch a child respond to a pending snowstorm with the possible implications of a day off from school and one is instantly reminded about how to live life in the now and how to thrill in the gift of a spontaneous day off! Yes, we all have explained to our children about being careful about what you wish for as those missed days, due to snow, will need to be accounted for at the end of the school year. Watch their face? Their eyes? Talking about June in February or March is like speaking a foreign language. It absolutely makes no difference and who cares about June anyway? I have today. Ultimately isn’t that what we all have and why SHOULD we be thinking about June? June is months away and conceptually to a school age child it may as well be light years away…for today we have snow!

May we all retain that delight and element of joy while living in the moment. Well, as long as the power stays on and wine is available…


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