I have been having trouble deciding how exactly to approach this second part. So, we'll see how this turns out.
Let me take you back in time, not to January 26, 1905 when a baby named Maria Kutschera was born, not to Salzburg, Austria in "The Last Golden Days of the 30s” where director Robert Wise transports people every time they watch his film. Let me take you to the early 90s in my grandmother's living room. I sat on her blue carpet and stared at the television as scenes of the Austrian Alps panned across the screen and birds chirped. My three year old self was mesmerized for the full two and a half hours!
By age four I was so in love with the movie that my family decided to go camping in Stowe, Vermont and visit the Trapp Family Lodge gift shop while we were there. That was when I found out the von Trapps were a real family. I didn't know much about this real family. I assumed it was the family from the movie. Of course I didn't know what Austria was either, so I assumed they filmed the movie in Vermont. While looking out my car window at the mountains, trees, and streams I announced from my booster seat, "I can see where they made the start of the movie!" I still remember my parents laughing!
My supposedly childhood obsession went so far that I argued with my mother to let me wear a gray (and pink) jumper dress to get family pictures taken because I thought it looked like the sailor outfits that the children wear in the movie!
Well, after four I turned five, and was "practically a lady." Still watching the movie whenever I visited my grandmother. During the wedding scene I would rush to the guest bedroom and grab a vase of plastic daisies for my bouquet and placed the doily they sat on onto the top of my head.
Age six I tried to read Maria by Maria von Trapp. It was too difficult for me to understand then, but I think I finally read it through around age 12. I received as gifts over the years a Maria von Trapp Barbie, the cassette tape soundtrack, and years later the CD. In the course of about 10 years I got the two video cassette version of the movie twice, after losing one of the tape from each set I was given the digitally remastered film on one cassette tape. Later on the picture started to jump on the concert scene because the tape was getting so worn out. In 2005 I bought the 40th Anniversary DVD. Not to mention the the vinyl record soundtrack and numerous books and biographies I have all relating to the film!
Eventually I finally turned "Sixteen Going on Seventeen." It seemed like I had waited forever for that to happen. It was so memorable when it finally did. I was in the chorus of the play play Hello Dolly at my high school and hadn't been feeling well all day. I rested on a couch in the green room while the overture started and debated whether or not I should go on stage. At the last minute I rushed out and found my mark in the dark just as the curtain was opening! I had a headache and the lights only made it worse. Plus, I was sweating way more than what the stage lights usually made me sweat. I made it to the intermission and went home. I had a fever and the next morning I woke up with pink eye! Such a gross but memorable sixteenth birthday!
Sometime in 2008 I had a pretty exciting day pertaining my Sound of Music fandom. I actually got to meet Julie Andrews! I went to Boston because she was going to be doing a book signing of her autobiography. I purchased the book, found the room where the book signing would be held and then was told I needed to have a ticket and they had already given away all three hundred. I was so disappointed and my mother was annoyed that they failed to mention that detail on the website.
We struck up a conversation with another girl in the same situation as me and somehow we found out that two books could be signed per ticket. Normally I'm pretty shy and quiet but I started weaving back and forth between bookshelves calling out, "Is anyone getting just one book signed?" I found two women who were friends, each had a ticket and just one book! I asked if I could run and get the girl I'd been talking to and share a ticket with her. They were more than happy to share a ticket with us!!!
I waited in line as it slowly moved closer and closer to the table where Julie Andrews was signing each book. Finally I was there. I had no idea what to say. Suddenly I heard myself telling Julie Andrews that I saw the Sound of Music for the first time at age three. She said, "Three?!" I also mentioned that I wanted to major in Musical Theatre in college. Then, I asked if I could give her a hug. (I had sort of made this deal with myself a few years before that whenever I was able to meet any classic film, or music stars that I would ask for a hug.) Julie Andrews replied with, "Well, I have all these people..." So I quickly asked, "could I shake your hand then." She smiled and put her hand out. Then she leaned back in her chair and looked at the man standing beside her and asked, "Doesn't she look like Annie Hathaway?" I covered my hand with my mouth in surprise and said, "A lot of people have told me that!" She smiled and that was it, we were moved on through the line. It was such a fun moment!
Well, I guess that's it for my personal Sound of Music related stories. Sorry it took a couple of days to get this post up. I had expected to post it yesterday but was a little preoccupied with a stray kitten that decided to visit on Saturday. We took her in for the night and brought her to the shelter today. She is such a beautiful cat!