Over the weekend I spontaneously rented and watched Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea. It was wonderful and as always it made me want to laugh and cry or in this case cry from laughing. If you haven’t seen the movie please go do so now before you read this post. While I have always seen the movie (and read the books) as a glorious romantic love story this time other things stood out to me. Here is some of what captured my attention….
1. True unconditional love can give a spirit wings to fly on. Anne is determined to be happy and cheerful no matter what but she blossoms with Mathew’s gentle and quite faithfulness to just be there for her. Puff sleeved dresses can win a heart too. And those that we know have loved us never really leave us because love changes us.
2. Prickly hearts can be won over with determination, a feisty spirit, and a whole lot of care. Yet, be cautious never to let the negative people around you dampen your dreams. “Katherine Brooke whether you know it or not what you need is a darn good spanking!” (Anne to the principle she works with…) In the end people have to want to be helped…we just need to be there when they are ready. “Now you can go through the motions of telling me how delighted you are and how I’ll have a wonderful time.” “I AM delighted… but as to a wonderful time… that will depend entirely on YOU, Katherine.”
3. Kindred spirits and bosom friends might not be as hard to find if you are willing to look for them. You never know who might make a wonderful friend so make sure to extend warmth to those you come in contact with. “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” When you find the Dianna to your Anne nurture it and don’t take it for granted.
4. A love of learning and imagination and can take you far and teachers that encourage it are priceless. The ones that allow you to make mistakes but cheer you on to grow are wise indeed. “Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
“Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?”
And some extra quotes because this movie and the books are just filled to the brim with perfect ones! Feel free to comment below what parts of this movie/book thrilled you!
“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.”
“After all,” Anne had said to Marilla once, “I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on 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.”
“He said it would turn my hair a beautiful raven black!”
“You’re not eating anything,” said Marilla sharply, eying her as if it were a serious shortcoming. Anne sighed. “I can’t. I’m in the depths of despair. Can you eat when you are in the depths of despair?”
“Drrrrrrrenched. I said drrrrrrenched!”