Mary is busy preparing her charges for bedtime in anticipation of a visit
to the bank with their father the next day. They are so excited, and delighted
to think of all the sights their father will show them in the city.

Mary's response while showing them the snow globe of St Paul's:

" Well, most things he can. But sometimes a person we love through no
fault of his own, can't see past the end of his nose. "

Photo Credit:emgn

Mary then sings the beautiful song about the little old lady who sits by
the cathedral selling crumbs for the birds-

Early each day to the steps of St. Paul's
The little old bird woman comes
In her own special way to the people she calls
Come buy my bags full of crumbs
Come feed the little birds show them you care
And you'll be glad if you do
Their young ones are hungry
Their nests are so bare
All it takes is tuppence from you

They are following their father to the bank the next day--when GLORY
BE!---there sits the little old bird woman on the steps of St. Paul's.

Photo Credit:stpaulsuk

Young Michael has listened to Mary's lesson well--and will have nothing
to do with depositing his tuppence in Mr. Dawes' bank--instead wanting
to only feed the birds.

Photo Credit:Brianrxm

Mr. Dawes is outraged and responds to Michael, " Fiddlesticks, boy! Feed the birds and what have you got? Fat birds!"

Michael's eyes had been opened, but the image of greed portrayed in Mr. Dawes wants it all.  They had vaults full of money and yet--they wanted the little tuppence Michael only wanted to share.

A sad but true picture of mankind--as we sit and wait for others to feed the poor, the needy, those without--while we hold tight our treasure to keep it safe.  We walk blindly by in our haste of the day and fail to notice the sorrow all around.  And when we happen to see--we quickly respond,  my tuppence wouldn't help much and others are so rich-I will let them help--I need to save for--or buy myself---.  But if we all gave tuppence---if we all would share what we could--would those in need--ever need anymore?

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Proverbs 19:17


  1. You brought back fond memories. When I worked in the City, (London), not far from St Paul's I often went there at lunch time to spend a few minutes looking around and praying. In those days, it was free to enter and pray. Now you have to pay to enter the Cathedral. Every week (Wednesday I think), there on the steps of St Paul's was a different band at lunchtime playing music. The crowds used to gather all around the Cathedral eating their sandwiches whilst the band(s) played.

    The reason we hold on to our penny and not give it to charity is because, deep inside, we are afraid that one day, we too might not have enough. It is that fear of not having for ourselves that stops many of us from giving, even though we can. So we leave it to those we consider richer than us to do the giving. But the rich ones don't always give. Like the rich man who did not even notice poor Lazarus starving on his doorstep.

    Another great post, Lulu. Thank you so much for a good lesson ... and a walk down memory lane.

    God bless.

    1. To think you love in the world of the fantasy of others, Victor! You have lived the life we only visit in movies!
      Blessings, My Friend!

    2. Whilst in London and Edinburgh I have seen extreme wealth and extreme poverty, Lulu. Visiting places like Bond Street in London, Harrods, Selfridges, Fortnum & Masons etc one sees a different world indeed. And yet, not far away in a cold damp park the destitute and the winos are nursing their half-empty bottle into oblivion. It broke my heart, Lulu, to see so many poor people only yards away from opulence.

      I visited many churches whilst in London, especially at lunch time. Often, some churches held services at lunch time for the office workers in the vicinity. Some held talks and discussions from visiting speakers.

      God bless.

  2. Good post, LuLu. We need to be reminded of our job as doers of the Word. Thank you

  3. Oh how Victor has said it perfectly....thank you sweet friend --I am so enjoying the Mary Poppins post and your perspective on things. smiles

    1. Makes you want to go back and re-watch the movie, RIGHT!
      Blessings, Friend!

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