can you guess my favorite childhood movie?
if you guessed anne of green gables then you are indeed a kindred spirit.
so many of my thoughts and dreams were inspired by this girl. this movie. the enchanting story of a once-orphan girl’s life on prince edward island.
i stayed up way past my bedtime and watched the first two movies of this series the other night. i laughed out loud, i cringed, i giggled, i cried. it brought back such sweet memories and i was surprised to find i still know most of the movie by heart. individual scenes, one liners, minutes of dialogue…shone like bright little stars in my memory and i wondered if some of my greatest life lessons started back in my childhood with this charming movie. the underlying formation of thoughts, dreams, my determined nature and desire for kindred spirit friendships…did they begin right here with anne? i watched her so many times she was a ‘bosom friend’ to me. watching it again, all these years later, made me wonder how much impact she, gilbert, dianna, marilda, and matthew had on my life. i suspect it was a lot. so clearly i can see a part of anne inside of me, the girl looking into the window glass. she lives in me; a dreamer, voracious reader, relentless learner, fearless competitor, with ever a flair for the dramatic. oh how i love her still.
did you have a favorite childhood movie that you watched over and over again? do you see threads of the characters in your life, or recognize it’s influence? i wonder how i might be different without anne… i can’t help but feel i would be less complete. less me. how about you?