When life gets a bit topsy-turvy, it is natural to want to be somewhere familiar and safe. Living oceans away from familiar, I had to be a bit more creative to find a haven. I told Michael Joe a couple of weeks ago that I needed to go to Avonlea on on my birthday. And that is exactly what happened. A smattering of kindred spirits joined me throughout the day to enjoy the adventures of Anne Shirley in a place as familiar as my home. I cannot recall watching the entire series in a day in many years. However, each nook and cranny, shaded tree lane, and antic was a friend. I love seeing Anne mess up and learn-she reminds me of myself in so many ways. Perhaps that is why my most favorite-est of quotes comes from this series.
“Tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes.” Lucy Maud Montgomery
I’ve had this up in classrooms and my own home. Such a darling way to remind me His mercies are new every morning.
It was such a gift to gasp when Anne breaks her slate over that boy’s head, to mourn when Matthew is lost, and to laugh along with Marilla. I get my girlhood crush all over again watching Gilbert love Anne through it all. Yes, Avonlea is definitely another home to me.
“I don’t need sunbursts or marble halls. I just need you.” Anne to her Gilbert-finally.
Thank you to each of you across this spinning globe who made my special day rich with laughter, memories, well-wishes, and love. How blessed I am to be loved so well.