If you are a woman of a certain age that can remember a time growing up when reading was your main option for boredom busting on a rainy day, then firstly congratulations- you are my type of person! Secondly, it is quite likely that as a 10 or 11 year old girl (there was no such thing as a tween back then) you read Anne of Green Gables. If you were more into Nancy Drew than L.M. Montgomery, and have never read about Anne with an ‘e’ Shirley, then you missed out on a delightful series of books about a spirited and imaginative young orphan who sees the good in every situation, and warms the hearts of everyone she meets.
Now, if you were to classify fans of Anne of Green Gables into levels of devotion- I would probably be up there with the more hard core fans. As a girl, I avidly read all eight books in the series many times over, and still own my original beautifully illustrated hardcover books to this very day (hmm, they might be worth something on eBay- I must check that out*) Actually, after a quick Google search I found many fan groups in existence such as OAOGGLS- Online Anne Of Green Gables Lovers Society (how’s that for a catchy acronym) so maybe I am not that hard core after all! But, I do love my books, and have many happy memories of spending my childhood days with Anne, Matthew, Marilla, and of course Gilbert Blythe: my original boy crush (with sincere apologies to Ryan Gosling!)
Recently, I decided to re-read AOGG (I decided to use a snazzy acronym as well, because basically I am a lazy typer). Not surprisingly, I still love it. Re-reading a treasured book is like snuggling into a favourite dressing gown- warm, cozy and predictable. In fact, just looking at these books takes me to a safe and happy place in my heart. But this time around, I was struck by the fantastic life lessons that are contained within this story. Anne has had a pretty hard and miserable life in her 11 short years, before arriving at Green Gables, yet she truly does seem to see the best in everybody who comes across her path. But she is no meek pushover either, quite willing to stand up for herself and her loved ones against the bullies of the world.
I have made a list of some of my favourite AOGG quotes below, why don’t you have a read (keep in mind that this book was first published in 1908) and see how they relate to you in this fast paced modern world that we live in.
- Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
- Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it
- True friends are always together in spirit
- Kindred spirits are not as scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world
- It’s not what the world holds for you, it’s what you bring to it.
- I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls, I just want you.
- Dear old world, you are lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.
- And you know one can dream so much better in a room where there are pretty things.
- But the best of it all was coming home
Pretty awesome, hey? It is near impossible for me to pick an absolute favourite Anne quote, but I think the following one comes pretty close, now that I am on the other side of forty with a family of my own.
- I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those 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.
Nothing much else to say is there- Anne Shirley says it perfectly.
*Sell my Anne books- have you read this post at all? Never in a million years!
Are you an Anne of Green Gables fan? If so, what do her books mean to you? Or do you have another book that takes you back to that warm safe space in your heart?