In my book, Wild and Precious Life, I shared the importance the role Mary Poppins played in Brittany’s childhood and many of our precious memories.
“Mary had a knack for knowing when to come and go. She traveled on the wind, and she left when she had served her purpose. Leaving was hard- even for Mary Poppins. For the briefest of moments, we saw her blink back tears at the end of the movie, as she listened to the parrot head on her umbrella talk about how he wasn’t fooled; he knew how she felt about the children. Ever-efficient Mary just clamped the parrot’s mouth closed, snapped open her umbrella, squared her shoulders, and rose into the sky.”
“In many ways, I think my daughter followed suit. She closed the mouths of those who tried to muddle with sentiment her decision to die; she squared her shoulders and decided for herself when she would catch the next wind out of this world.” Wild and Precious Life, pg.33
Brittany traveled where the “wind” took her. She opened doors. She challenged herself and those around her. She dared to dream. She exuded authority and confidence. She was matter-of-fact, trustworthy, and in command of just about every situation. Our nights spent watching Mary Poppins, searching through Brittany’s “carpet bag”, and marking Brittany’s height on the measuring tape impacted her in ways that carried her through adulthood.
Brittany remains, “Practically Perfect in Every Way”. While, I no longer get to see her hair glisten in the sun, see her mega-watt smile, or hear the song of her laughter; much like Poppins, she changed the lives of those around her for the better. She was confident enough to share her story and make a difference for others suffering. My girl was strong enough to withstand the criticism that came with it. Brittany was compassionate enough to understand that others needed her help. She was perfectly, imperfect. There will never be another Poppins. There will never be another Brittany. How fortunate was I to be her Momma?
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Book Club Talking Points:
Part One – Catastrophe
*In this section, we see a glimpse of Brittany’s strong will and determination at a young age. Have any of you had similar situations or experiences to share with your children?
*During this time, Brittany’s parents divorce and her father becomes absent from her life. How do you believe this impacts a child?
*In Part 1, Chapter 3, memories are shared about special times centered around the character Mary Poppins. What do you remember about the movie, Mary Poppins? If you haven’t recently watched it, perhaps watching it as a group would make for some interesting comparisons between Brittany and Poppins as you continue reading Wild and Precious Life.
Please continue to keep me updated on the conversations taking place in your book clubs.