“We Can’t Lose What Was Never Lost”


Dear Reader:

Yesterday I finally got to go see Mary Poppins Returns...I had been wanting to go throughout the holidays. I was waiting on Eva Cate to be able to go and finally yesterday her temperature was gone and she was feeling more like herself again.

I was not disappointed. I think if anyone wants a duplicate of the original version they might have been…but time marches on and the depth of the story of the songs that were sung were deeper and more meaningful as the lyrics came returning back to me last evening at home.

Perhaps Eva Cate said it best to Mandy when we got back…“Sometimes it (movie) was scary and sometimes sad but everyone found out that (together) they had never really been lost and then they were all so happy!”  (I gave Eva Cate a special edition magazine of the movie signed and dated so the day will be remembered as a special Boo and Eva Cate adventure.)

Friday I had taken a “moon ball” to Jake to play with and he loved it…had craters in it and really bounced high…to the point that he was told to wait until Saturday morning to play with it outside. Around 6 and again around 7 yesterday morning…I felt little fingers prying my eyelids apart and whispering “It is getting light outside Boo Boo and I can’t find my moon ball.”  (These words would be heard again in the movie yesterday afternoon (with a little adaptation) from the most beautiful song/lyrics in the movie.)

Do you ever lie awake at night / Just between the dark and the morning light / Searching for the things you used to know?

By the time I left yesterday afternoon I had forgotten to ask if Jake found his moon ball…Eva Cate had picked out a candy surcie for both of them (Jake was happily licking away.)

Besides he had already moved on to riding his bike…John assured me that he lost something every night…truck or car or the latest toy and it always turned up eventually (from the place where the lost things go.)  It was just a way of life in the Turner household. It would turn up eventually…it always did.

This was basically the theme in the new version of Mary Poppins…the theme that things we think we lose in life are never really lost…they just go to a special place and time. In Mary Poppins Returns….Michael Banks (the youngest of the original Banks children) has lost his wife. The time is the Great Depression and his house is about to be re-possessed unless he can find some savings certificates which appear to be hopelessly lost too.

Of course an East Wind blows in Mary Poppins to show the whole family that nothing is really lost in this life…it only goes to the “place where the lost things go …a place where they are waiting for us to return.”  The motherless children soon learn this important lesson about their mother as well when Mary Poppins sings to them…

Do you ever lie awake at night / Just between the dark and the morning light / Searching for the things you used to know / Looking for the place where the lost things go / Do you ever dream or reminisce / Wondering where to find what you truly miss / Or maybe all those things that you love so / Are waiting in the place where the lost things go

Memories you’ve shed gone for good you feared / They’re all around you still though they’ve disappeared / Nothing’s really left or lost without a trace / Nothing’s gone forever only out of place / So maybe now the dish and my best spoon / Are playing hide and seek just behind the moon / Waiting there until it’s time to show / Spring is like that now far beneath the snow / Hiding in the place where the lost things go

Time to close your eyes so sleep can come around / For when you dream you find all that’s lost is found / Maybe on the moon / Or maybe somewhere new maybe all you’re missing lives inside of you / So when you need her touch and loving gaze / Gone but not forgotten is the perfect phrase / Smiling from a star that she makes flow / Trust she’s always there watching as you grow / Find her in the place where the lost things go

…………………………………………………………………. U-Tube (4 minute video)


So until tomorrow…Everything is connected in the universe…even the lost things that aren’t really lost at all.

“Today is my favorite day”  Winnie the Pooh

When Mollie sent me this photo of the two cutest ring bearers around- Rutledge and Lachlan in their Aunt Whitney’s recent wedding…I thought to myself that this memory moment must never be lost…too cute to forget. (And miraculously even the ring didn’t get lost! 🙂

*Happiness is….news that Louise Penny is already practically finished with her next detective book (in the series) so we won’t have such a long wait. Anne’s sisters are big “Armand Gamache” fans and Lucy sent both of us (Anne and I ) this sweet reminder (coffee mug) of “Three Pines” the fictional location (in Canada) for the mysteries. Thank you Lucy…a great way to end the day….and my prayers go with you throughout your last chemo procedures. It is all good and going to get better! 🙂



About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to “We Can’t Lose What Was Never Lost”

  1. bcparkison says:

    I’m glad for a good report on the movie. Always afraid they missed and messed up the foret one.


    • Becky Dingle says:

      Oh no…not messed up at all…different but then different can be very good….it just takes time to accept differences and then we can’t remember why we ever thought it was different in a negative way. We humans are quite fickle….thank goodness for a sense of humor! Appreciate the gift God!

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  2. Gin-g Edwards says:

    Cutest ring bearers ever….


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