Well, hello there! Happy New Year to everyone! I hope you are already off to a blessed and wonderfully U Loved new year! At the start of my new year, I saw the movie, “Saving Mr. Banks.” Perhaps many of you have also seen this heart-warming film. I had read numerous, rave reviews about the movie since its premiere, so I finally decided to join the crowd of touched viewers and see the film.
And, boy, am I glad I did. The film inspired me to begin my new year with some serious soul-searching. It subtly drew me into its intensely enriched storyline and subplots, which touched the deepest and innermost recesses of my heart. If you saw the movie, maybe it did the same for you, too.
“Saving Mr. Banks” told the story of the making of the popular movie, “Mary Poppins.” The film chronicled the production process of creating the film, while cleverly interspersing flashbacks from the childhood of P.L. Trevers (the author of the “Mary Poppins” books). Most people are not aware that this delightful movie almost never came to fruition because of the emotional rollercoaster ride P.L. Trevers endured during the film-making process.
It is clear early on in the film that P.L. Trevers’ disturbing, bumpy ride began in her childhood, stemming from traumatic events while growing up in a dysfunctional family. P.L. Trevers’ father loved and adored her unconditionally. However, Trevers’ father was a troubled man; and, his dark side eventually led to his early, tragic death. Trevers’ father struggled with alcohol addiction, which caused him to develop liver disease for which there was no cure.
Trevers’ father, even in his final days, while suffering from alcohol addiction, would ask his beloved daughter to bring him “medicine” (alcohol) to make him feel better. Trevers, in her childlike innocence, and obviously not knowing that the alcohol was the crux of her father’s illness, would sneak alcohol into him without her mother’s knowledge. (Trevers’ mom had hidden the alcohol from the father hoping to stop him from drinking.)
Amidst the final weeks of her father’s frail life, and in the face of the heart-wrenching imminence of her beloved father’s death, Trevers also endured having to rescue her mother from a suicide attempt. These events, among others, were plights a child should not have to suffer. The stress on the family was so severe, that Trevers’ aunt came to live with them to help during that difficult time.
With the aunt’s arrival, Trever began to hope that everything would be alright, including the belief that the aunt would save her father from his inevitable death. Nevertheless, despite constant promises from her father that he would never leave her, one fateful day, Trevers’ father passed away. This was a heartbreak from which Trevers would not recover. (The Mary Poppins story was loosely based on all these events.)
As Trevers grew older, she came to understand that the source of her father’s illness and death was the alcohol. This led to Trevers’ endless guilt and unforgiveness towards herself for having given her father alcohol in his last days. It seemed that Trevers blamed herself for her father’s death, and likely spent many of her days punishing herself for it, somehow trying to make this awful mistake up to her father. Trevers became a difficult, unbending, unreasonable woman for most of her life, culminating in the rigidly distressed behavior manifested during the film-making process of “Mary Poppins.”
I’ll leave you now with this question to consider during the week. How was it possible in the face of such adversity in P.L. Trevers life that the beloved “Mary Poppins” film was able to be completed? It’s quite an interesting outcome. You can find out the rest of the story right here next week!!!
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