Seven years ago, as I held my new baby girl in my arms, I knew that there were certain things I wanted to enjoy alongside her when she was old enough.
One of the things that I just KNEW we would enjoy together someday was Anne of Green Gables.
I couldn't wait to read the books with her. I couldn't wait to watch the movies with her. What fun we would have. I looked forward to giggling together about Anne's escapades and mishaps.
Well, here's one thing I didn't know when I held that little baby girl in my arms all those years ago: I didn't know that she was like my own little "Anne."
Pumpkin is passionate and enthusiastic. She's spunky and vivacious. Her emotions run strong, just like Anne.(Happy = REALLY happy; Sad = REALLY sad.) Pumpkin's a very committed friend, just like Anne is towards Diana. Also, Pumpkin has a flair for drama. In fact, I think she has more drama in her pinky finger than I have in my whole person. When I was growing up, I loved Anne so much. Many of Anne's attributes were things I wished I had more of myself. And now I have a little Anne of my own. My little girl is beyond precious to me.
Over the past year or so, Pumpkin and I have been reading the book together. I think Pumpkin has enjoyed this book more than any other book we've ever read together. I got such a kick out of glancing over at Pumpkin during all of my favorite parts. In one of the first few chapters, when Matthew is driving Anne in the horse and buggy back to Green Gables, Anne makes a comment about Barry's Pond. She tells Matthew that the pond should be renamed "The Lake of Shining Waters." As I glanced over at Pumpkin's sparkling eyes and eager smile, I knew that this book was going to be a hit. As we continued to read, Pumpkin really found a (literary) kindred spirit in Anne.
We finished the book today, and we also received our Anne of Green Gables DVD in the mail (via Netflix) today.
Tonight is a special movie night! Megan Follows as Anne Shirley is THE BEST casting decision ever in the history of the world. She's simply perfect for the role. I can't wait for Pumpkin to see her in action. (Colleen Dewhurst is pretty wonderful as well. Such a great job as Marilla.)
I have more to say about Anne, but I'll have to save that for a future post. I'd really like to share some of our favorite passages. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Matthew wants to buy Anne a new dress. Bless his heart, he's too bashful to ask for the fabric, so he ends up asking about garden rakes, hay seed, and brown sugar instead. I love that part.
*posted by Abbie*
p.s. Brief blog hiatus ahead: Either Ellie or I will be back to posting in a couple of weeks.