"I need to find some uplifting fiction."
She shares her plans if he had not come, she shares about her carpet bag and she shares this tidbit:
I've never belonged to anybody - not really."
"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."
She is on the look out for kindred spirits...and she finds them, plenty of them, in some of the most unlikely people, including a crotchety old woman and darling, shy Matthew.
|Always be on the look out for a kindred spirit...they are all around.|
Anne makes plenty of mistakes...
which lead to this gem:
She is stubborn, super smart, over dramatic and hilarious.
She's reflective, which in turn helped Caroline and me to consider things...like this:
"What a splendid day! said Anne drawing a long breath, "I pity the people who aren't born yet for missing it.
They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one."
Never have I pitied those who haven't been born for the loss they have endured for not living my wonderful day...but after that, I started to consider what amazing days came before my life and how much I may have missed...more than that, I stopped to gratefully cherish this day right now...
it will never come again...
those babies are missing it...
and it's pretty incredible.
But, it was the very last chapter, The Bend in the Road, that sealed my Anne Adoration.
Anne has won a scholarship to college. This is a very prestigious prize since at the time very few women go to college.
But, as life does, hard things happened.
Precious Matthew, her biggest fan and best encourager, passes away in a shocking way.
Marilla, Anne's adoptive mother and Matthew's sister, is ailing and looks to be unable to care for Green Gables. Marilla, seeing no other solution, puts Green Gables up for sale.
Anne will have none of that.
She changes her plans and works to find a way to work as a teacher nearby.
She will stay at Green Gables with Marilla.
"I shall give my life here my best, and I believe it will give its best to me in return.
When I left Queen's my future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road.
I thought I could see along it for many a milestone.
Now there's a bend in it.
I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.
It has a fascination of its own, that bend, Marilla.
I wonder how the road beyond it goes - what there is of green glory and soft, checkered light and shadows - what new landscapes - what new beauties - what curves and hills and valleys farther on...
Watching her think through the options and adjust so nimbly was a great reminder.
We are capable of so much goodness.
So much kindness.
So much belonging.
So...in this world where so much difficulty lies, what books have soothed your soul?
Spoken to your spirit?
Nourished the aching parts?
For Caroline and me, it's been sweet Anne.
With an "e".
Enjoying the pearls in our days.
How about you?