Friday, February 6, 2009

A British Nanny has stolen his heart.

I never thought it would happen to me, but my husband is in love with another woman. Her name is Mary Poppins.

I really can't blame him. I mean, she is practically perfect in every way.

His obsession is getting serious. He bought the movie soundtrack "for our son" for Christmas and now it's playing non-stop in his car. Yes, even when there's no toddler in the back seat.

A couple weeks ago, Dave took his car in for service and he realized he left the Mary Poppins soundtrack playing when he dropped the car off... by himself. I've got to wonder what they thought when they turned on the car to hear "It's a Jolly Holiday" or something equally as jovial.

But I should clarify. I don't think he's actually crushing on Mary Poppins. I think he's relating to George Banks. In fact, if anyone wants to do a production of "Mary Poppins" in northern Utah, they'd be crazy not to cast Dave as George Banks. He's got every lyric memorized and he sings along with great gusto. And he leads his subjects: servants, children, wife, with a firm but gentle hand. Just like George.

All teasing aside, I'm a lucky girl. Dave is the kind of guy who hates most media and won't even watch a PG-13 movie if it's questionable. Which means he fully embraces wholesome, family-oriented entertainment. And when I say "embraces," I mean it. And the reason he likes this one so much is because of its message that raising children is more important than raising money. Or, as Bert explains in a reverse-psychology kind of way at the end:

"You've got to grind, grind, grind at that grindstone,
Though childhood slips like sand through a sieve.
And all too soon they've up and grown,
And then they've flown,
And it's to late for you to give..."

But "Poppins!" (as the movie is known in our house) has become a family obsession, you could say. A couple months ago I heard our 2-year-old son in the kitchen chanting "Step in time, step in time." I peeked around the corner and saw him dancing along with his own accompaniment. And now he loves to sing "Let's Go Fly a Kite."

And then there's me. I totally want Mary Poppins and Bert to hook up. They need to make a sequel. Oh, and you know that part where Mary's reflection sings like an opera diva in "A Spoonful of Sugar?" I sing along there - And nail it! But really, if I were to try out for this local production I'm suggesting, I think I would want to play Mrs. Banks. I've got that whole "Sisters Suffragette" thing down.

This has been my humble submission for Sue's Very Funny Friday.


Kristina P. said...

That is too cute!!

jennie w. said...

I'm surprised how often I use the phrase "tuppence a bag." I'ts really quite handy. You can use it as a swear ("tuppenceabag, I just stubbed my toe!) or as something to say when you just need an all purpose remark ("well, tuppence a bag, Sister Jones had twins.)

See what I mean?

wonder woman said...

I heart Mary Poppins, too. I loved it as a kid. We recently got a copy and my boys.........paid attention to about half of it. The cartoon part and Step in Time. I can understand your husband's infatuation.

Melinda said...

I hope I don't ruin anything for you, but I LOVE this skit from Saturday Night Live with Anne Hathaway being Mary Poppins:
And if you think I'm a sick person, with a sick sense of humor, you'd be right. :)

Herb of Grace said...

See? Gamer daddies really are the best! Mine likes to watch Inspector Gadget with the kids.

Liz Brown said...

When the play comes to town give me a heads up and we'll be there! hehehe

jennifer said...

The scene when they go into the chalk drawing was always my favorite. That movie is a classic!

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is good too (We spent a while singing "Toot Sweet")

The Blonde Duck said...

I popped in to say hello from Kristina's. This is hilarious!

Sally said...

Can I just say that your sense of humor has always made me smile!!