Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I'll come clean

And admit, if there's a story about Prince George on my news feed, I click. I have a thing for healthy, plump, and impossibly rich babies.



But if we can move the spotlight from my dubious interests and attentions, then let's focus on the Royal nanny. She's Mary Poppins -- I mean, the real one, from the book. Look at the stance, the shoulders, the feet.



As a child, I always wanted a Mary Poppins -- someone who would dole out discipline with one hand and take me sky-riding on balloons with the other.

But that just didn't happen in the Brea sub-divisions. Much to my disappointment, and surprise.

28 comments:

  1. I think WE all wanted a Mary Poppins.. would of been cool floating thru the air w/her umbrella! :-)

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  2. My, she does look like Mary Poppins, now that you mention it. I loved that movie and ...now this dates me...my mom bought me the record of all the songs and I memorized all them. I watched Saving Mr. Banks recently and was as taken with it as I was with Mary Poppins.

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  3. I second KBF, with modifications. I only wanted the umbrella, not the nanny. And dating oneself? I never saw the movie , only heard the songs in passing, because I was way too old by then. No, I was hooked on the book, with the original illustrations [thank you Karin!]. I think/hope my sister still has our copies.

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  4. I haven't seen Saving Mr. Banks, so maybe this has been addressed. But the book was my first taste of irony -- ironic, childhood magic. The movie was, well, Disney. But that's ok. As a kidlet with insomnia, Julia Andrews on the LP would help me sleep.

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  5. As both my parents worked we did have a "nanny" - in fact two, in succession. I don't remember who came first, Lennie or Mabel, but we loved them both. I'd have believed either could fly.

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  6. Good call!
    Except now I have one of THOSE songs stuck in my head....

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  7. We enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks. Emma Thompson is always wonderful. I guess the author was something else.

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  8. I understand Prince George grabbed a toy away from another baby. He already knows who he is!

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  9. Hrumph. I think Mary Poppins will have something to say about that.

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  10. HA! She really does look like Mary Poppins.

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  11. Yes, I must to review Mary Poppins!

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  12. I agree...a modern day Mary Poppins!!! Still a delightful movie!!!

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  13. I have to admit that I love those baby Prince pictures, too. I've never seen a picture of the real Mary Poppins before; she does fill the role perfectly. And I'm with Doris on having wanted the umbrella. I didn't need Mary to keep me in line.

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  14. Nobody ever gave me a spoonful of sugar when I took my medicine. Where was Mary Poppins when I needed her?

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  15. I love it. Everything's perfect - except her left foot. What's she thinking? Is she nervous that everything should proceed according to protocol? Or is she itching for an umbrella?

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  16. She wasn't at my house, Ann. For those who have read the book, remember Maia? That's my favorite chapter. Also the one where Mary gets on a ladder and hangs the paper stars in the sky.

    Jim, I find that foot so endearing. Or am I over thinking this? I'm over thinking this.

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  17. I hope the nanny doesn't get fired for that foot fault when they review the video.

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  18. I love the foot fault. It shows she has a stern front but a fun-loving heart or, er, foot. I loved the Mary Poppins books. Not so sure about the movie though. Dick van Dyke had a ridiculous London Cockney accent that made all us Brits cringe. I guess voice coaches didn't exist in those days.

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  19. As a mother I'm deeply suspicious of George traveling all that distance and behaving so well on que...maybe the foot fault IS the que.

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  20. How fab to showcase The Royal nanny.
    Loved MP the movie and still do. Except the animated bits. Didn't see the point of those even as a kid.
    Saving Mr. Banks shortchanged the author --- she was a lot more flamboyant than the character Emma played.
    About 10 years ago, I thied to model myself after Mary "practically perfect in every way". Needless to say, It was a short mid-life crisis delusion... I could never figure out the vertical take off bit.

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  21. I remember loving the book, though at this time I am having trouble actually remembering the details of the book.

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  22. I'm sorry Tash couldn't master the Vertical Takeoff Bit. I would so have loved to see it!

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  23. If anyone could master the VTOB, it would be Tash. She's a rocket scientist. For real.

    (And the big difference between the book and the movie? I think the book was written for adults. Give it a try sometime. Summer, beach-reading.)

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  24. Mary Poppins in Brea . . . floating above Lambert Road, perhaps. Sort of a Neil Simon-like contrast, isn't it? Worlds apart.

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  25. her illustrated image was based on a doll from Holland - a different kind of Barbi story

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