My Favourite Comfort Read: Anne of Green Gables

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It’s taken me a while to decide which book to choose for my comfort read. It’s always tough for me to choose just one book as a Scatterbooker who reads such a wide variety of genres, so I have decided to cheat a little bit and write about the Anne of Green Gables series.

I think almost every bookish young girl can relate to Anne Shirley on some level. Like Anne, I grew up with my nose in a book and a talent for letting my imagination (and my hot temper!) lead me into some crazy situations. I still have to make an effort not to burn everything I try to cook and the time Anne accidentally died her hair green reminds of the time my grandmother had to cut my hair out of her curler … or the time I decided to put chewing gum behind my ear like Violet Beauregaurde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Anne: “But have you ever noticed one encouraging thing about me, Marilla? I never make the same mistake twice”.

Marilla: “I don’t know as that’s much benefit when you’re always making new ones”.

But one of the most important features of Anne’s personality is her unwavering optimism, even after the harshness of her life before she arrived at Green Gables. Anne undoubtedly endured some of the very worst that human nature has to offer in her early years, but she worked so hard to look on the bright side and to always seek out the best in others. Yet somehow she manages to strike a perfect balance and avoid being overly sweet. She always went out of her way to make ‘kindred spirits’ of the oddballs and outcasts she met and she was usually greatly rewarded with rich and interesting friendships for her efforts.

“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.”

A lot of people just focus on the first book of the series, but the rest of the Anne books were just as important to me because we get to follow Anne from her time at college, her teaching career and romances, her marriage to Gilbert Blythe (of course!) and raising her own children through to the end of WW2. The way that Anne managed to hold onto her unwaveringly dreamy and optimistic nature while she matured and navigated her life is such an important and comforting message: that it’s ok to maintain these bookish and optimistic qualities, even after we grow up and life becomes tough.

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.”

I also love the picturesque Prince Edward Island setting and still live in hope that I’ll get to see it for myself one day. Did you know that you can visit the real Green Gables in Cavendish on Prince Edward Island that you can visit?

“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.”

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Green Gables, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island

 

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I’ll save that for later

I had a very strange moment today. In the picture below, you will see an old copy of The Magic Pudding by Norman Lindsay, a box full of buttons, and a Twiddle Muff I finished making for my Pop today.

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A Twiddle Muff AKA Fidget Cloth is a sensory activity used in many nursing homes, and I believe sometimes for children as well, to give people who get the fidgets something to do with their hands. Or sometimes it can just be nice to look at, hold, or maybe talk about.

The strange moment came when I got to the part where I added the buttons. Because I’m not really that much of a crafty kind of person, I had to go and buy every single thing I used except for those buttons. Because I already had a box full of buttons that belonged to my grandmother. Using her buttons today, some that I remember from when she used the exact same ones on her own craft projects, put a whole new spin to the phrase: “I’ll save that for later”

I started to think about what kind of things I save for later and the answer was pretty obvious. I never ever throw out a book if I can help it. In fact, I still feel a little bit lost without the hundreds of books I somehow agreed to get rid of in the middle of a packing panic when I moved interstate. But I did hold onto this copy of The Magic Pudding, which originally belonged to my Aunty, and then it lived at my grandparent’s house for a long time until I claimed it. It’s a story that is remembered fondly by a lot of people in my family, including my Pop, as I discovered one day when I brought it along when I went to see him.

Now, I’m definitely not saying that it’s a good idea to become a total hoarder and just hold onto a whole bunch of useless clutter. But maybe it’s a good idea to put some thought into some of the things that you do save for later. Because there are so many strange little things that you just never can tell when they will come in handy, or stop and make you remember something very special.