How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

The brave Maria Von Trapp was great at reinventing herself! First a nun, then a governess, then a happy wife and mother, then a Nazi-fleeing refugee….Maria Von Trapp had many personal make-overs over the course of her life. Her story was inspiring when her autobiography was first published in 1949….

But when that same story was retold in 1965 with the added advantages of singing nuns, the beautiful backdrop of Austria, and the talents of Dame Julie Andrews and scary, but sexy super hunk Christopher Plummer….well, that wasn’t just inspiring, it was straight out awesome.

I can watch the Sound of Music again and again! ….But here is one more important reason I love it!……

In addition to being a REALLY patient governess (those children were pretty sassy and hard to love at first!), it turns out that our HERO Maria was an upcycler! Check out the well-made, but wacky, duds she made for those kids! When the Captain refused to buy fabric for play-clothes, we quickly find out that our Maria isn’t a “problem” after all, as her fellow nuns had insinuated. She is, in fact, a problem solver and she stepped right up and repurposed her somewhat attractive curtains into functional, but unattractive children’s leisure clothes.


And apparantly, these kids really NEEDED play-clothes. They ran all around Salzburg in those wacky curtain lederhosen like they owned the place! They went on carriage rides and picnics, and did snappy choreographed song and dance numbers around public fountains.

So kids in weird upcycled clothes are much cooler than other kids! Right?… Right!….Those Von Trapp kids made the Glee kids seem like amateurs!

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Now, of course, when the Captain found out that his privileged sons and daughters had been climbing trees and wearing silly clothes in public, he was upset. He flashed his mean eyes and said, “Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming around Salzburg wearing nothing but some old drapes?!” (every movie watcher thinks “OH NO YOU DIDN’T!)

And our hero Maria coyly replied, “Mmmm Hmmm…….and having a MARVELOUS time!” (OH SNAP!)

So under Maria’s skillful hand, the bratty kids behaved, the hardened Captain learned to love again, and those old curtains found new life! The message of the film is clear….”How do you solve a problem like Maria?”…..You don’t! You emulate her instead and start upcycling!!!

DISCLAIMER: I know this post is a bit different than my usual faire. But those of you who know me well all knew that this post was coming eventually! If you haven’t seen the Sound of Music recently, OR EVER, this is your week! WATCH IT! Lots of life lessons to be had! Call me and we can have movie night!

About Lisa

Lisa has two active blogs on Wordpress. Views from the RoofTop started as a blog space to share about crafting and using repurposed materials to make useful housewares and about my craft shop's mascot, RoofTop Chalie, the repurposed racing greyhound. It has evolved into a space to also share about the things in life that intrigue and inspire me. GAMES GAMES GAMES started because people asked Lisa to share many of the silly and fun games that are staples at her holiday parties.
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2 Responses to How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?

  1. Lisa, I truly look forward to each of you new posts…and this one did not disappoint! Fantastic!

  2. Nicole says:

    I’m really happy you put that little disclaimer on the bottom because I was just thinking to myself, it was only a matter of time before the sound of music got brought into this.. Well done!

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