This afternoon I discovered the garden’s chilly white blanket has been receding just enough to reveal spring flowers I thought might not have survived the frigid month just passed. There they were: a bedraggled patch or two of sweet nodding snowdrops and two golden crocuses. They’ve fired a hope that there are more just waiting to be uncovered.
“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”
― Anne of Avonlea
This is one of those days.
My reading project for the month of March is the collection of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ books. I fear I’m never going to finish all of them because I’m dawdling through their delights.
Anne Shirley’s ecstatic but sometimes relentless descriptions evoke memories of Marilla’s impatience, but at the same time they provide a vision of the wonders we grown ups too often miss. Montgomery gives us a second chance, writing a view of life through Anne’s eyes. It reminds me that my goal as a writer is to do the same — to transport readers into the world of my unique characters. If only I could do that as well as Lucy Maud!
“I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people KNOW more… though I know that IS the noblest ambition… but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me… to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.”
― Anne’s House of Dreams
You have, Anne; you have.
(Anne’s ‘gift of gab’ also prompts me to wish you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.)
2 thoughts on “I am reminded of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne…”
Amazingly, I went thru my childhood never having read Anne of Green Gables. I recently watched the series that is on Netflix. I mostly enjoyed the series, but there were a couple story lines that seemed a bit odd. I’ve downloaded the original stories on my kindle and look forward to reading thru them. I suspect the Netflix series took a fair bit of creative license!
Anne Shirley is my all-time most favourite character!! I love the two quotes you included. Glad to see Spring is on its way.