When I was in elementary school, one of my favorite series was Anne of Avonlea. I read the series several times and identified with Anne having older parents or guardians. My parents were 45 and 58 when I was born, so their ideas were much more old-fashioned than those of my peers. I found out later, they had different standards for my older siblings. (The littlest one doesn’t always get spoiled.)
I loved Anne’s thirst for literature and knowledge. She always strove for the highest grades which inspired me to as well. I didn’t have a Gilbert, but my fifth grade teacher did promise chocolate for every perfect test score.
I also loved Anne’s imagination and her excitement for writing and creating stories. Diamond studded castles and rainbow sunbursts sounded like magic to create on a piece of paper. What could be more awesome than developing a story?
In high school I tried to write a story like Anne’s. The main character wanted to go to college and was trying to find ways to earn money for it. While I developed an outline, I don’t think the story ever went any farther than that, but I knew that someday I would end up writing something.
I haven’t read the books or watched the movies in years. We tried to watch the first Anne of Green Gables movie a couple years ago with the kids. (The movie with Meagan Fellows, Colleen Dewhurst, and Richard Farnsworth, not the newer one with Martin Sheen.) The viewing did not go well as the playback was distorted. I figured that was because I had viewed the VHS tapes over 100 times. It ended up being a problem with the VCR which hadn’t been used in fifteen years. I suspect the tape works okay, however, we gave up on the VCR. I will have to replace the DVDs.
The kids were not as enchanted with Anne and her foibles nor with how sweet Matthew is. (I can’t hardly watch the scene where he is brings in the cows. Or write about it, it seems.)
My kids got the new versions of the videos for Christmas, so we will have to check them out.
I hope that my girls will end up loving the stories just as much, but I don’t know. They are intrigued by ninjas and superheroes.