We seem to have gotten to the other side of full Mary Poppins addiction. Elisa saw Mary Poppins for the first time six weeks ago. She enjoyed it and after not seeing it for more than a week asked for it by name (which is rare since she usually makes up her own name for something!) For the next two or three weeks, we watched Mary Poppins every day and didn’t watch anything else. A couple weeks ago we finally got to watch something else once – then more Mary Poppins for a week. This last week we have only watched Mary Poppins once or twice.
First of all, we recognize her excellent taste in Disney movies – this was Mommy’s favorite Disney movie growing up. Secondly, it was impressive to watch her track the movie and interact with it in new ways. Early on she wanted the “horses” (when the ride carousel horses) or when they went “in the picture.” She also started singing “the medicine go down” in the first week.
Then she moved on to the full “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” She would also comment about things going on in the movie – that the dad was sad or that the kids were scared or that the “annies” (nannies) were in the air. She also attempts to say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (she has almost half the syllables now, but it doesn’t sound the same…I wish I could reproduce her attempts!) and asks for us to sing songs from the movie. Most impressive is that she will quote lines from the movie – either right after or even before they come in the movie! They aren’t what we would consider quote lines – a few times she has said “Jane! Michael!” right before Mary Poppins calls out the names in the movie. It is exciting to see the increased ability to process and remember increasing amounts of information.
Another funny thing is she has referred to Ernie two or three times when Bert was being talked about – I think actually confusing his name. Clearly Sesame Street has an influence, even though she doesn’t watch it regularly!
Singing songs from Mary Poppins is indicative of her growing ability to string songs together over the last month. In addition to the long-standing Jesus Loves Me, ABC’s, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, she has added Itsy Bitsy Spider and large portions of other songs like Zaccheus, Peace Like a River, and the Butterfly Song. She also learned the grace “Be Present at Our Table Lord” from one of her 2-year-old friends at daycare which we found out when she sang the first line clearly at the table (we had to help with the later lines). Apparently, one day all three kids from that family were there and sang the song and Elisa just lit up as if she were at a concert! A couple days ago Elisa said “Boom!” and I responded by going through “I Say a Boom-Chick-a-Boom.” Elisa fell in love with the song and asked for it again and was able to repeat half the words on the second time through. We’ve gone through it multiple times every day since!
So who knows which song or movie she will get addicted to next!