Saturday, June 28, 2008

Happy Birthday, Anne with an -e!

"Anne of Green Gables" celebrated her 100th birthday last Friday (June 20), and she ranks among my MOST favorite! The phrase "kindred spirits" spoke right to my heart. Then, I laughed and sighed and cried while watching the way her optimism won everyone's heart, from Diana to Gilbert to Rachel Lynde.

Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote the first of her "Anne" series of 8 books (Meggar has read them all!) when she was 33 years old. Her marriage later took her away from Prince Edward Island, but not from her writing. Here is a piece from "The Poetry of L.M. Montgomery" which I loved:

What Children Know
Many things the children know
Where the ripest berries grow,
Where the first pale violets peep
Shyly from their winter's sleep,
And how many blue eggs rest
In the robin's woven nest.
Children know where echoes hide
Over on the brown hillside,
How to tell a fortune bright
By the daisy petals white,
How the honey you may sup
From the meadow clover's cup.
Something else the children know
Oh, they learned it long ago!
Mother's shoulder is the best
Place in all the world to rest.
And the sweetest dreams belong
To a mother's twilight song!
Special thanks to Jenny, our Librarian in Savannah, for her workshop today on Anne and Maud. We enjoyed the raspberry cordial, "carrots" cake, and the movie discussions. Megan Follows is superb in all three movies -- even though one of them completely ignores the L.M. Montgomery literature. Young Megan Follows also appeared in "Hockey Night," which is only relevant because it's part of our family video library :-)

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