Julie Andrews, Bumbelina & Norwegian Classes

I listened to Julie Andrews being interviewed by Alec Baldwin on his podcast, I forget the name of it. I’ve always had a soft spot for her. I think it is her voice, she feels safe to me, steady, dependable. She was honest, articulate and open. A good guest. A good interviewee.

I got through. She answered, though the sigh she lets out when she does always throws me a little. I heard the two of them in the background. She came on the phone and spoke about ‘Bumbelina’, and I’ve no idea who or what she was talking about.

I liked her. I was nervous as I always am when dealing with interactions via technology. She was open and theatrical and warm. I think we shall get on. And what a joy it was to feel that language on my tongue and to know that I was making some sense. She got it and commended me on my acquisition of an already substantial vocabulary. Who’d have thought it? Was it osmosis? How joyous it made me feel? Is it all about belonging?

By Ellen Bell

Artist and writer currently living in Aberystwyth.