In these first five years of my daughter’s life, I’ve watched more Julie Andrews than in all the decades I’ve been alive. And I will confess: I’ve cried, at least a tiny bit, almost every time. How else to react when Maria clicks her heels and swings her suitcase when she leaves the abbey, or when she waltzes with the captain outside of the party in that filmy blue dress? Or when Mary Poppins first appears, perched on a cloud, the ultimate combo of fierce and pure? Most moving, though, have been my little girl’s reactions: enraptured, amazed, and in love. And ready to learn. Dame Andrews teaches in-character lessons through unforgettable lines that reach across generations. And today, on her 78th birthday, we’re thinking about our favorites, and saying thank you.
1. Express yourself.
2. Give people a chance.
3. Control your destiny.
4. Challenge assumptions.
5. Focus on the positive.
6. Be yourself, without apology.
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