Happy Birthday, Anne Shirley!

I heard of an eleven year old girl with red hair that changed the lives of those she came in contact with when she arrived into their lives. For a while I avoided this red-headed girl, I mean what could be so darn great about her? Silly eight year old me…everything.  The moment I decided to give Anne of Green Gables  a try I was absolutely smitten with her story. I think we all have that one character that we are just always ready to fight anyone for, because the characters become so deeply rooted into our systems that they are a part of us. You know what I mean, right? That character, or characters that have this thing that you know you can always count on. You can always go back to that character and their story, because sometimes you’re just itching to get back into the world that helped you out so much, that world that meant so much to you.

Anne of Green Gables is that for me. As a little girl I was always living in the clouds. Always. I was always making up stories in my head and on paper, I was always picturing things and I would get so distracted in my own mind and sometimes, much like Anne, I messed up on chores.

But there was just this solidarity of sorts when I read Anne of Green Gables, that I felt welcome and at home. I felt that Anne and I were kindred spirits. And ever since that first time that I read Anne of Green Gables in Elementary school I knew I wouldn’t let her go. Ever since then when I feel particularly homesick or I just need an old constant friend, I reread one of the books. Usually it’s Anne of Green Gables, but it can also be Anne of Windy Poplars, because I just love reading about Anne at school. It keeps me motivated. Anne’s House of Dreams just gives me all of the Anne and Gilbert feels and so much more, so if I’m nostalgic for that romance that I don’t have I go back there.

So today, March 2nd I would just like to wish this amazing character a happy birthday. I would like to take today to speak out to you all, and to Anne herself and say thank you. Thank you for teaching me about kindred spirits, and that I could be creative, and imaginative, and have my head in the clouds, thank you for letting me know that it’s okay to be a bit of an odd-ball.

I have a soft spot for Anne Shirley that even now, I can feel a bit emotional just typing this post. So Happy Birthday Anne Shirley!


Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Okay so if you know me, really know me you know there are some things closer to my heart than anything. One of these happens to be Anne of Green Gables. So I have been reading this book for years. I read it once, fell in love, read most books in the series, reread. I’ve done this rereading a few times now and when I feel particularly nostalgic or upset or hopeless or I just miss Avonlea I pick up a copy and read to my hearts content. This week I felt nostalgic so naturally I went to my newly rearranged book shelf and picked up book one.
Anne is an orphan girl of 12 years old who I is mistakenly adopted by Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, brother and sister who have never had children of their own. (Don’t worry they’re an old maid and a bachelor). At first they weren’t too happy because they didn’t need a girl, they needed a boy to help out Matthew. Anne however sneaks into their hearts after a day and they decide that just maybe this girl is worthwhile. Anne’s imagination gets her in a bit of trouble because she’s a very creative and imaginative young girl. She’s never had a place to call home but Green Gables quickly changes all of that. Having to prove herself to everyone at Avonlea who questions why on earth the Cuthbert had taken on this orphan girl is not an easy task. But this vain, creative, intelligent, sweet, and friendly girl soon wins over the hearts of everyone she comes in contact with.
Honestly, this is perhaps one of the most personal things I can share simply because I have a love for Anne and those of Avonlea that is incomprehensible. My college roommate is perhaps the only person who knows how much I truly adore this story so if you read it treat it well for me. If you already know the story you probably already know how amazing it is. Which brings me to a question if you have read it: Cordelia or Anne? I for one am glad no one went along with Cordelia.

Well, as always feel free to share your thoughts. Best of luck!