“I had made up my mind that if you didn’t come for me tonight I’d go down the track to that big wild cherry tree at the bend, and climb up into it to stay all night. I wouldn’t be a bit afraid, and it would be lovely to sleep in a wild cherry tree all white with bloom in the moonshine, don’t you think? You could imagine you were dwelling in marble halls, couldn’t you?”
How much do I love Anne of Green Gables? Let me count the ways…
What I love about Anne is that she is full of passion, she is constantly seeing the good in people and nature, but she is also full of honesty.
Reading her words that are bursting with life and curiosity is exciting, and it reminds me of being a child. But why should I stop having that childlike wonder? It is something I don’t think anyone should ever lose. And I find myself smiling and remembering when life was so simple, when threatening to sleep in a wild cherry tree in the moonlight was just something that was said in the passion of a moment that passes in time.
But there are ways to preserve that thought process. Reading some of my favorite quotes from the stories reminded me of my love of nature, and my love of a simple, beautiful life. It was something that I wanted to share.
1. Strive to shine your brightest — on the inside and out.
–“Anne has as many shades as a rainbow and every shade is the prettiest while it lasts.
2. Don’t take the world too seriously.
-“Here sat Marilla Cuthbert, when she sat at all, always slightly distrustful of sunshine, which seemed to her too dancing and irresponsible a thing for a world which was meant to be taken seriously.”
3. Allow yourself to dream. One of the most beautiful things that Anne does is dream her troubles away. This was a necessity for her when she was a child, as she needed to find that “happy place” that was essential for her to remain optimistic. But even when she gets to Green Gables, she runs into everyday problems that we all find ourselves in. It was comforting, even as an adult, to know that I could do this myself in a way. Dissociating has its own dangerous consequences, but dreaming can always be done, and maybe it should be done more. There are times when I know I have to get through something that I would much rather not deal with, and I find myself asking, What Would Anne Do? I believe she would try to find the beauty in even the most problematic people, she would stand up for herself, and she would try to see each situation as the next step in a magical journey. There is nothing wrong with taking this advice for myself, especially in the dreamy months of summer. If all else fails, go for a walk and enjoy the wind in your hair.
–“It has always seemed to me, ever since early childhood, amid all the commonplaces of life, i was very near to a kingdom of ideal beauty. Between it and me hung only a thin veil. I could never draw it quite aside, but sometimes a wind fluttered it and I caught a glimpse of the enchanting realms beyond-only a glimpse-but those glimpses have always made life worthwhile.”
4. Enjoy the sea. As I’m writing this, I am shaking the sand from my shoes, as I was at a beach today. I was enjoying the sparkling water and that transporting smell of salty air that one can only find at the beach, and I was marveling at the wonder of it all. Anne would have a damn good time at any beach, and I reminded myself to be as ecstatic as she would be.
– “Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
One last quote to leave you with some inspiration:
“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always
enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”