I just finished listening to the audio book for Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers.
(By the way, Sophie Thompson, an amazingly gifted actor, reads the story. I love it!)
And as I was listening, I got to thinking about all the magical elements to the story, and particularly Mary Poppins herself. I guess this is an early incarnation of what we now know as the Magical Realism genre.
Okay, so I have a question for you. If you could choose ONE of the following Mary Poppins attributes, which would it be?
- The ability to slide UP the banister.
- The carpet bag that weighs nothing and looks like it has nothing in it, but can carry just about anything.
- The power to float up like a balloon (as MP does to join Mr. Wigg and the children for their tea near the ceiling).
- The ability to speak to and understand animals (as MP does with Andrew the Dog).
So, which would YOU choose?
As for me, I think I’d pick #2… the carpet bag. Just think of the things you could carry without straining your back!
P.S. The photo above is the real umbrella from P.L. Travers that inspired Mary Poppins’ own umbrella. Its home is now at the New York Public Library in Manhattan (along with Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends).