When I was in London earlier this month the stage production of Mary Poppins was running in the theater district. Had I stayed longer and brought a few hundred dollars more to spend, it's something I would have definitely liked to have seen. Lord knows it wouldn't be the same minus the delightful Julie Andrews but I'm sure it would be a hoot nonetheless. When I was a babysitter/nanny I would pretty much force the children to watch Mary Poppins (On VHS! The horror!) quite often. I love it. The music? The darling redheaded son and precocious blonde daughter? A surpisingly handsome Dick Van Dyke rockin' the worst cockney accent in the history of film? The uppity British humor? Sigh. So when they released the 40th anniversary edition DVD I plunked down the $20 to call it my very own. Yesterday I got into my pajamas around 5 o'clock in the afternoon (Rough Friday. Long story.) and decided to watch it for the first time in many, many years. I wonder if they would be able to "sell" a movie like this today? If not, I think it's a shame. Mary Poppins is the very essence of a strong, independent woman who explains for nothing, runs a tight ship and is still never cross. It's too bad there aren't more women like her in the world today. I recommend giving this a viewing if it had been a while. It's a good one.