A trip to the mall always includes a visit to The Disney Store. This is entirely for Evie’s benefit. Disney is just for kids, not adults. An adult who likes to watch Disney movies and play with the princesses and stuffed animals in the store and is looking forward to her daughter’s first trip to Disney World more than she is…troubled. But I digress.
During today’s visit, Evie and I discovered something absolutely amazing and wonderous:
Y’all. Mary Poppins totally was in The Disney Store and left her umbrella! There it was, just leaning quietly against a display of t-shirts marked down 40%. Evie checked with the saleslady to confirm, and, indeed, she had been there! What had she been doing there? And why would an organized, put-together lady like Mary Poppins leave behind such an important accessory like an umbrella with a parrot head that talks?
We wondered. We discussed. We speculated. Finally, through deductive reasoning and her own keen sense of Disney character motivation, Evie concluded that Mary Poppins left her umbrella in The Disney Store on purpose so that Evie could find it. Mary Poppins wanted Evie to know that she was real and that she was magic and, ipso facto, magic is real. This was no accident, folks. Now Evie knows for sure that when she grows up she will be able to clean up her room with a snap of her fingers, make medicine poured from the same bottle change color and taste like lime cordial and also sing songs about her favorite things with a dimple-faced band of Austrian children. No. Wait.
But, most importantly, magic is real.
When I was sixteen, I visited Disney World for the first time and met and talked with Mary Poppins herself. She was dressed in the frilly white ensemble she wore during the Jolly Holiday sequence, complete with parasol and British accent. It only lasted for a couple of minutes, but I’ve remembered that through all these years. It was delightful, charming and…magic.
**Mary Poppins, copyright 1964, Walt Disney Productions. Chim-chim-cheree, SOPA.