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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Anne-girl

I just re-read the Anne of Green Gables series and ohmygoodness, the joy! I didn't read the books as a young girl, but I watched the movies (thanks to my mom) and took a big, group trip from Maine to P.E.I. to visit all the Anne haunts. We saw a play based on the books, and I even got an Anne doll (which survived my house fire and is now in Aspen's room, waiting for her to be ready to love Anne). In college, I found a full box-set of the books at a used book store and bought it for NINE DOLLARS. It was then I read them all for the first time.


Since then, I'm not sure how many times I've read through all eight books. Not enough, obviously. I think this might be my first time reading them as a mother, so I have a new appreciation for Anne as she becomes one herself.

I have to admit, though, I'm insanely jealous that when she finds herself feeling over-extended (granted, after 15 years and seven kids), Gilbert whisks her away to Europe for a three-month vacation to cheer her up. I'm lucky if I can get to the grocery store by myself. But, whatever. She didn't a 24/7 preschool cable channel and I do. So I guess we're even.

Anne has such an appreciation for beautiful things, whether in a person or in the world around her. She delights in words, the sights and sounds of nature, and her family. I want to be more like her every day. She learns from her mistakes and holds on to her dreams, even when life throws a bend in the road.

The last book in the series (Rilla of Ingleside) really gets to me. Like, I'm ugly-sobbing the entire time I'm reading it. It's just so heart-breaking to read of Anne's children going to war, and then there's this dog waiting at the train station for one of the boys to come home and yeah... I have to read it alone or I'm afraid Kev will make fun of me. If you haven't read past the first three Anne books, please continue with the series and read about the adventures of her children. Maybe you won't blubber on as much as me. Maybe.

How did Lucy Maud Montgomery do it? How did she write such an amazing story that translates so well to readers 100 years later? And as old and somewhat silly as the movies are, I still watch them with tears in my eyes the entire time. Jonathan Crombie as Gilbert Blythe? YES, PLEASE. I honestly don't know how Anne could refuse him.

Are you a kindred spirit?

4 comments:

  1. Mu husband and I watched the movies for Canada day. Such great movies! He even enjoyed it.

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  2. never read or watched them. its on my TODO for sure.

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  3. I absolutely love the movie and enjoyed many of the books, but the last few I had a hard time keeping my focus on the story. I should probably give it another try

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  4. I have never read the book or seen the movie which is weird because I love most classics. I need to get on that!

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