“Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like something is brewin’ & about to begin.Can’t put my finger on what lies in store, But I fear what’s to happen, all happened before.”- Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins
I can gratefully say that I have landed and settled in London, England. My classmates and I arrived in this morning after taking a flight last night. Though one of my biggest fears is flying (even though I have done it multiple times), I immediately took advantage of the entertainment aboard flight to distract me. Among the movies that were available to watch was the recently released movie, Saving Mr. Banks. It stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers. It portrays the creative and personal struggles to bring P. L. Travers’ literature work of Mary Poppins from the book to alive on screen. The author of the book, P. L. Travers, had Walt Disney in a 20 year battle to obtain the rights of the book. She wanted complete control of the production of the movie, a control that Disney was not willing to easily give. The movie deals with the final stages of the movie production and the battle of two extremely creative minds who had different perspectives in having this now famous work become into one of the most well know and beloved Disney classic movies. Though both creative minds had the same intentions in mind, their way of betraying it was extremely different. Travers has her own personal childhood connections to the characters of the work; the relationships to her are revealed through flashbacks in the film. But when you have to beautifully intelligent people work on the same project, they are bound to bump heads and engage in heated disputes. Regardless, when you have two extremely brilliant people work on a project, the outcome is always a masterpiece. And their is no one out there in the movie critic world who cannot deny that the film Mary Poppins is certainly one of its kind.
Because the movie dealt with England, I thought I might as well begin to indulge into the history of one of England’s most well beloved children’s works of literature. The opening line of both movies, Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks, is the quote above. The direction of the wind changing from west to east is a well known beginning scene in the movie Mary Poppins. This change in the wind notes change for siblings Michael and Jane as they are about to receive their new nanny named Mary Poppins. The changing of the wind from west to east is a common literary symbol noting change and adjusting to different things. We all have our “winds in the east” moments, when circumstances, events, and things change before us. Just as the wind changed east for siblings Jane and Michael with the arrival of their new nanny who would instruct them on how to be well mannered and fun loving children, so we too must be wiling to accept the uncontrollable wind change in our lives. Not only in accepting wind changes, but also noticing when they begin to slowly happen. Sometimes this change can be fun or difficult, or sometimes both.
I am currently having my own (yet voluntary willed) wind in the east moment with my two month journey into London and all it has to offer. Whether it be from constant currency exchanges (sad to say the U.S. dollar is not strong here), learning about different cultures, money and time management, and everything in between it certainly is a different way of life than in the U.S. Yet if we embrace the east wind in our lives we learn and grow. So it begins a trip, a journey, a learning experience in one of the world’s most fascinating, historic, and well known cities. I invite you to check up on this blog often, as I hope I will be able to update it as often as possible with different experiences, thoughts, pictures, or random things that come my way. Down the London rabbit hole we go! Or should I say down the chimney we go!