Some day I am going to lose my Disney Fan Card...I just know it. I am always behind - I haven't been to a Disney park nearly as many times as my friends and peers, I don't usually see movies until they are on DVD/Bluray, and I still don't own a pair of Mickey Ears. But I digress...The point is I finally saw Saving Mr. Banks yesterday, as a matter of fact Mike bought it for me a week before I took the time to set down to watch. But I am a believer of fate, karma, divine intervention - whatever you want to call it. I definitely watched this wonderful movie at exactly the right time for me.
First a little backstory. My Dakota is meant to be in the entertainment industry, I've known it since he was very young. Of course, I really thought he would become a famous guitarist but in the last year or so his interest have swayed to the movie industry, in particular becoming a screenwriter and director. Coming from a family where I had dreams of becoming a fashion merchandiser or television news report squashed by my own parents I knew I could never do that to his dreams of making it big in Hollywood. My husband is a much more practical man and as such he wasn't too keen on the idea when he found out about it on Saturday. As usual, Dakota and I had a long conversation and he knows where we are coming from as parents - get a good education so you have something to fall back on blah, blah, blah. This leads us to Sunday morning and my decision to finally watch Saving Mr. Banks.
I have never actually seen Mary Poppins only bits and pieces so I wasn't particularly familiar with the story, so I learned much about P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins while watching the movie. As I watched the flashbacks to her childhood and her life with her father I noticed how he had a creative soul that I felt was being crushed by his obligation to provide for his family as a banker. He could have been a fabulous writer or actor, he was such a creative and gregarious man. I am quite sure he would have been a much better provider, husband and father if he could have followed his heart. I am also sure his turn to alcohol was a way to escape from this life he was forcing himself to live. My immediate thought was I cannot do this to my son, I refuse to douse his creativity and force him to live a miserable life.
So through my love of Disney I learned that sometimes you have to let your children follow their hearts and do what is right for them - not what you think is right. So Dakota, the sensible mother in me wants you have a degree you can use to fall back on if all your dreams don't come true. The creative mother in me wants you to know I believe with all my heart all those dreams can come true and that you can become everything you've ever wanted to be and MORE!! So follow those dreams and continue to let your imagination soar!! I can't wait to see your first movie, I know it's going to be awesome - just like you!!
For anyone who hasn't seen Saving Mr. Banks yet - I loved it!! You should rent it, buy it, download load it and watch it as soon as you can - but be sure to have a box of tissues handy. It wasn't what I had expected going in, but it was fabulous and a definite must see for any Disney fan.
Have a Magical Day!!