A Stolen Memory of Mary Poppins on BroadwayCody
I stole a memory that should have been reserved for Addie. Addie and Casey are so similar with their likes and dislikes. Casey likes watching fashion shows, Addie likes watching fashion shows. Casey likes watching musicals, Addie likes watching musicals. Casey likes old Disney movies, Addie likes old Disney movies.
I don’t know how many times I’ve come home to find Casey and Addie watching movies like Mary Poppins or The Sound of Music. Usually I’m annoyed when I see those two movies playing on my TV. I was never a fan of either of those shows when I was a kid, and I’m still not particularly fond of them. It means that I can’t watch something that I really want to watch, like Swamp People or Axe Men.
Casey has plans to take Addie to New York with her one day where they’ll have the greatest mother daughter date ever. They’ll visit all the fashion sights and stores they can possible visit. They’ll eat ice cream together and find some of the best sushi (or “shushi” as Addie calls it) places in New York. After their dinner they’ll head out to a Broadway musical.
I’m convinced those Broadway musicals were invented for Casey and Addie. Or maybe it’s the other way around. I can picture the look that Addie will have on her face when she gets to see her first Broadway musical. That’s because I’ve already seen the look on Casey’s face.
While Casey and I were wandering around New York City looking for something for Casey to eat, she was sure to point out to me that I needed to check the tickets booth in Times Square for Newsies tickets or Mary Poppins tickets. When I heard her two choices I automatically thought, you’ve got to be kidding me.
The next day I made my way from the World Trade Center Memorial up to Times Square where I waited in line for 2 hours for tickets to Mary Poppins. I was really hoping Newsies would be an option or that Mary Poppins would sell out by the time I got to the front of the line, but I was out of luck. Newsies wasn’t an option and Mary Poppins hadn’t sold out.
That evening when Casey was done doing the things that she was doing for work, I told her the line at the tickets booth was really long. I had even taken a picture of the line to drive home my point. She had a look of disappointment on her face, but then I pulled the two Mary Poppins tickets out of my wallet and her face lit up like it was Christmas morning.
As we sat in that theater in the tiniest seats known to man, I glanced at Casey’s face every 3 or 4 minutes. She had a constant look of fascination and happiness. The look reminded me of the look Addie gave to all the princesses as she met them at Disney World.
As much as I enjoyed surprising Casey with the Mary Poppins tickets and watching her face during the show, I’m sad that Casey and Addie didn’t get to share that experience together. Of all the shows on Broadway, that one in particular was perfect for those two girls.
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