Anne with an E...

"There's such a lot of different Annes in me. I sometimes think that is why I'm such a troublesome person. If I was just the one Anne it would be ever so much more comfortable, but then it wouldn't be half so interesting."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

My childhood was formed by so many people.  I got my stoic nature from my grandmother.  I got my creativity from my mother.  I got my serious side and common sense from my father.  I learned dance moves from my sister.  I got my silliness from my grandfather.  I learned how to be a friend from my Sasha.  And I got my imagination from Anne.  Anne with an E.

Anne on her best friends wedding day... Diana.  Diana was her bosom friend.
Anne of Green Gables was my favorite growing up.  She dreamed, she used big words.  She was different, quirky, a little dorky, but stood for what she believed in.  She was stubborn, and passionate.  She was a romantic.  She was clumsy and a little awkward. I saw so much of me in her.

Anne with her adoptive mother, Marilla.  PS- I wonder if she's wearing a sock bun?

"Marilla, isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

As an adult, I still love to watch the old Anne of Green Gables movie.  I sit and think back to when I was a little girl and would try to imagine the world as Anne would.  She was my friend. 

"I know I chatter too much but if you only knew how many things I want to say and don't you would give me some credit." 

Anne and Diana.  I love their friendship, as it is so sweet and loving... everyone needs a Diana in their life.

I now find it so fun to meet other girls that grew up with "Anne".  A stranger becomes a friend if they make any reference to Anne.  They become bosom friends quickly if they can quote her.  I've met only a few of these kindred spirits in my lifetime.

I love this scene.   I wanted to marry a "Gil" growing up.  I will have to say I married someone better than Gil!
This last weekend, as we visited my favorite store, Stephen walked out with one extra bag.  He had bought me a surprise, but I didn't know what it was.  In true typical Stephen fashion, he couldn't wait for me to open the gift... so we sat outside and I opened this gift on a parkbench just outside Anthropologie.

Best scene... I cry every time.

He gave me a wonderful gift.  The gift to talk to Anne again.  To hear her stories and to relate to her on a whole new level, now that I'm older and wiser of course.  I got a new copy of Anne of Green Gables.

"I'm not a bit changed--not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME--back here--is just the same."
- Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

But Anne with an E is still part of me.  I feel as though part of my love for blogging is that I get to write.  Anne loved to write, and so do I.  I may not be the best writer on the planet, but I want to share my stories with the world.  Maybe I'll be a real writer some day ;)

So, to my Anne, I'll be getting to know you again, from the beginning.  I can't wait to catch up. 

Signing off, Sarah with an H.



Molly said...

If she doesn't have a sock in that bun, how do they make it so big??? Hehe! Love this!

Candace said...

Man, I hope you have a Baker baby girl someday so you can share Anne with her! I HIGHLY recommend it. :)

Candace said...

Man, I hope you have a Baker baby girl someday so you can share Anne with her! I HIGHLY recommend it. :)

Valerie said...

Ah, I have so many memories of getting lost in all of those books. LOVE this post, Sarah with an H. And that husband of yours? Definite keeper, a man who not only buys you a fun surprise, but a very thoughtful surprise! Love it.