Taking all of this into account, I didn’t actually expect him to have an answer to the question, “Who is your favorite pre-1960s sex symbol?”
Yet, without a second thought he blurted, “I don’t know. When was Mary Poppins released?”
“Really, Quaker boy? You’re gonna go with Mary Poppins? Is that your final answer?”
I guess it makes sense. This was the stuff of his childhood. Long skirt, hair in a bun, no-nonsense personality. I always thought Mary Poppins was a witch, but it turns out she was just a Quaker.
I could barely hear his defense over my laughter. “Not Mary Poppins! Julie Andrews!”
“Julie Andrews? The same Julie Andrews who not only portrayed a witch, but also played a nun, and a cross-dresser? I’m trying to figure out what qualifies her as a sex symbol.”
“She once bared her breasts in a movie called S.O.B.”
I Googled it.
“It says here she played a ‘frigid businesswoman whose inability to love stems from a childhood trauma that led to her sexual detachment.’ You’re better off sticking with Mary Poppins.”
“Well,” he quipped, “she is practically perfect in every way!”
Honestly, who am I to tell my Quaker boy that it’s weird to fantasize about women floating in on umbrellas? The one lesson I remember from childhood is that if it feels so right, it can’t be wrong.
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