1. That is the same song I most identify with: “How do you make her stay, and listen to what you say?…How do you catch a cloud and pin in down?” I suppose I WAS a problem like Maria.

    1. That’s the song “How do you solve a problem like Maria”. Yes, that’s quite one as well Adela. And has really double meanings in the movie, one at the beginning and one that is quite different toward the end. Thanks for commenting!
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  2. I loved that movie too. But it makes me sad to remember, that even as a young teen, I was cynical, jaded even, and although I loved the songs and sentiments, I didn’t really believe them. I think I believe in them more today than back then. Better late than never, I guess. Thanks.


    1. I know what you mean Anita. It was schmaltzy. I think in some strange way that’s what made it palatable for me. It wasn’t “in your face”. It certainly wasn’t considered a film about women’s lib. “Climb Every Mountain” suggested that the goal was about finding someone to love – not necessarily your own life. I still remember it though – anger wasn’t allowed in my household. So the fact that she got angry – and it all worked out. Somehow that began to form the germ of an idea in my head. Thanks so much for commenting.

  3. I think that for our generation we were on the cusp of being told to be our true selves. When Sound of Music came out it was a volatile time for women. I loved that movie, and as a 6 year old I didn’t get the messages you speak of, but I do get it today. Be who you are. Yup. I get that loud and clear.

    As for the cat glasses and Nancy Sinatra boots? I had them too and wish I still did!

  4. The first time I saw that movie all I wanted to do was get married and have six kids. I was young. To this day every time I watch I get something more out of it. I recently watched it with my granddaughters. They loved it.

  5. So glad you were on Friday sharing, Dr. M! Love this article. Am gonna’ share it with my daughters…I feel like I”m still ‘discovering’ me and loving it all the more now in mid-life than in the crazy trauma of young girlhood.

  6. I remember thinking I wanted to be nun after that movie Cathy (getting a little confused about the whole meaning of that..). I think I was scrambling in my own mind for a way out of the set path I could feel at some strange level was so confining. I think I have the glasses somewhere – just let me know if you would like to borrow them! Thanks for writing…

  7. The six kids? Lol… that fantasy eluded me! I guess that’s what makes a movie that holds up over time. Being able to watch it and continue seeing things you never saw before. Thanks for writing Doreen.

  8. I was delighted to be able to be there Cathy! I often can’t do it because of how many entries there are and time restraints due to my seeing patients. But I was off today! I am delighted you want to share this with your daughters – that makes me smile. Thanks so much for writing!

  9. I happen to be reading a book about the making of The SOund Of Music so I got a kick out of this post. By the way several lesbian pals have told me that Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music was their first crush.

  10. Well, I hear you. Some women still give up themselves to be in a relationship. At the same time, so many women live wonderful lives without a partner, at least in the traditional sense. It’s a viable choice.

    1. Of course it is Carol. Life can discover you in many ways, whether it’s through a relationship, through deep friendships, through your commitments. I have watched many I respect walk this path. And many women do still become invisible in relationships. (Some men do as well). It will never be healthy. We as a culture can only try to move forward. Thank you so much for writing.

  11. Yes. As my grandmother used to say, “there is a lid for every pot.” I took me a while to find mine.

  12. Haha…I remember my mom’s theory regarding the mass exodus of women leaving the convents in the late ’60’s (and the reason her sister quit being a nun after 20 years) is because they thought they’d find someone like Christopher Plummer. Until I read your article/comments, I never realized how symbolic the movie resonates for women of ALL types.

    (I know I kept repeating the lines to “I must’ve done something good” when I met my husband and still find myself referencing the words as a form of gratitude)

    1. How funny Karen… lol… I wrote in a previous comment that I had fantasies of becoming a nun after seeing this (until I figured it out more) – I think I saw it as a path out of what I saw as my destiny at that point. Thanks so much for writing!

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