Mary Poppins (1964)

Credit: listal.comA nanny floats down to rescue an unhappy family and Dick Van Dyke proves that it’s okay to pull down your pants in public as long you’re dancing with penguins.


I kissed my then-girlfriend-now-wife for the first time while watching this movie – it was during the Supercalifragulisticexpialidocius song (I know what you’re thinking: how romantic). I am a living testament to that line, “One night I said it to me girl and now me girl’s me wife.”

Credit: jimhillmedia.comOH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: The old banker, Mr. Dawes Sr., is a lot funnier to watch when you know it’s actually Dick Van Dyke in a wig.

This is one of my all-time favorite movies because it teaches families should be our top priority.  In the words of Dieter Uchtdorf, “In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e.”

Your life, and the lives of your children, is much too short to spend constantly texting, emailing, or chatting on a social network with everyone but your family. In the 21st century we must remember that there is a difference between being in the same room as our children and being with our children.

Perhaps Bert says it best when he sings to Mr. Banks:

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 too late for you to give.

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” – James 4:14

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2 Responses to Mary Poppins (1964)

  1. Alicia F. says:

    I just watched this with Millie and 1.) She laid on my chest just enjoying it with me which is always to be enjoyed and 2.) I love everything about this movie, especially when they clean up their room or when the nannies all get blown away or the suffragette song was sung “though we adore men individually we agree that as a group their rather stupid…” Too funny. Never caught that one as a little kid but it made me giggle.

    • Adam says:

      Thanks for the comment! Nannies being blown away is definitely one of my favorite parts – especially that one nanny at the end that is spread eagle flying backwards. Useless fact of the day: I read on that most of those nannies were actually men dressed in drag. So there you go.

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