Tuesday, January 1, 2013
All I Really Need to Know I Learned from AOGG. And Latimer's American Heritage.
I have the type of husband who loves making his family happy. I am the type of person who loves making me happy. So my birthday is always great. This past birthday (two months ago . . . dang gina, it's about time I got my write on), my husband asked what I wanted. I told him that this year I wasn't asking for anything material but instead wanted him to watch the entire Anne of Green Gables movie series (9 hours) with me. Every few years I get the itch to watch Anne. I think it mostly hits when I think the world is going kaput (2012 election anyone?), and I want to escape it by visiting simple Avonlea with its one-room schoolhouse and where the biggest concern is passing the entrance exam for Queen's or dealing with the snubberies of Josie Pye.
So we watched Anne of Green Gables and fell in love with Anne all over again. Then we watched Anne of Avonlea and yelled mean things as Anne rejected Gilbert (what the whaaaa girlfriend? He's perfect!), developed feelings for Captain Morgan Harris (ew! so old!) and finally realized her true love for Gilbert as he lay in his bed, dying of scarlet fever (man that close-up of his sick, washed-up face is baaaaaad.) Then we watched Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and wanted to chuck it out the window. That whole movie makes me mad, not only because it is based on nothing LMM ever wrote but the characters don't even resemble themselves inside or out.
Daniel was a good sport. He's more of a romantic than I, so even though he groaned at the length of the movies and rolled his eyes at many of Anne's shenanigans, he was also happy to see that Anne and Gilbert end up together.
The whole thing made me crave to read the books again, and I ran through AOGG in four seconds flat. I became a part of myself that I left behind long ago--reading every spare second, late into the night, and getting fully wrapped up in a book. I honestly haven't felt that way in years, and it made me realize how important reading is to me and my health. It made me realize how fake and awful television and internet-surfing can be. A poor man's literature. A counterfeit copy of true entertainment.
Reading the book was so enjoyable to me that I here I leave you with some gems from AOGG. Drum roll, please.
"I thought nothing could be worse than red hair. But green is ten times worse." I have often thought about this storyline this past year when I battled pink eye (read: no contacts, no make-up) for three weeks and accidentally colored my hair orange which then I had repaired to platinum (read: major hair breakage).
About Rachel Lynde: "I sometimes think she'd have more of an influence for good if she didn't keep nagging people to do right."
"How do you vote, Matthew?"
"I'm a conservative."
"Then I'm a conservative too."
"That is one consolation when you are poor--there are so many more things you can imagine about."
Please leave your fave Anne line or scene in the comments.