Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile? Well, it’s you girl, and you should know it With each glance and every little movement you show it Love is all around, no need to waste it You can have the town, why don’t you take it? You’re gonna make it after all
So this iconic scene, frozen in time, the smile, the hat, the stern looking woman with the beehive and cats-eye glasses giving her the stink-eye from the background…I learned to love Mary in phases. My mom watched The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show when I was growing up and even as a child it was strange to me that the Mary in both shows could be the same Mary - the housewife and mother who lived in a black & white world and the single woman working in television with the cool apartment living on her own. As a child, she reminded me of pictures of my mom from her younger days. As a teenager, I admired her style and her cute little apartment with the giant “M” on the wall. As an adult, I admired her job and that she was single, making it on her own, plus her smart-assed friend, Rhoda. But the one thing I always loved throughout every phase, was this scene with her hat. How she was just walking around downtown Minneapolis and it suddenly occurred to her that she was having a day so awesome, with love all around, it could not be contained so she had to twirl around and throw her hat up in the air. And that hat, being tossed on such an awesome day, it never comes down. Yeah, I know it’s a freeze-frame, but I prefer to think that Mary’s hat, being Mary’s hat, just knew that love was all around and it stayed up in the air to bask in it.
RIP Mary Tyler Moore, you really did turn the world on with your smile. Thanks.
About two years ago, my dad and I started watching Mary Tyler Moore on DVD. They were reruns for him and brand-new episodes for me. Then life got in the way— busy schedules, work, school, etc.— and Mary sat on the shelf patiently waiting. I saw this on Pinterest and decided I need more father-daughter-Mary Tyler Moore time in my life again. I can never decide if I am more of a Rhoda or a Mary.