Brown paper packages tied up with string and snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes are returning to select theaters April 19th and 22nd for the 50th Anniversary of the mega-musical, The Sound of Music. A beloved film, it also brings back special memories to me.
In the early ’70s, my late grandmother took me to see it at the local popcorn palace. Shortly after the Von Trapps climbed the majestic mountain at the end, my grandmother said, “One day, I’d love to visit where they made that picture!” By the late ’80s, thanks to a treasure trove of frequent flier miles, I was able to fulfill hear wish. At age 65, she embarked on her first international trip to see the movie’s Austrian backdrop and famous locales. Upon her return home to Alabama, a reporter for the daily newspaper even did a full-page feature about her cinematic adventures.
My grandmother’s headline-making trip was just the beginning. Before turning 70, she returned to Europe not once, but twice to tour such cities as Prague, Vienna, Munich, Venice and Rome. She later shared with me, “I guess you’re never too old to see the world.”
Perhaps, my grandmother had become one of the wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings!
Love and light,