In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, we are often exposed to the poems, sonnets and quotes that have been written about mothers throughout history. But here is a look at what motherhood actually means to mothers themselves, as told directly from the point of view of the famous author of Anne of Green Gables.
One of the most appealing threads in the Road to Avonlea and Anne of Green Gables series is the relationship between the older and younger female residents of Avonlea. Janet King’s relationship with her children is symbolic of the traditional roles and origin of motherhood. However, Sara Stanley and Anne Shirley represent a different approach to family life.
“I wonder if, a hundred years or so after you and I are dead someone will dig up our old letters and if so will they create any furore.” – L.M. Montgomery to G. B. MacMillan, 1926
Though she was born nearly one hundred years after Jane Austen, in another country and era, Lucy Maud Montgomery had a lot more in common with the famous Victorian author than you might think.
“Tea first… what do you want for tea? We’ll have whatever you like. Do think of something nice and indigestible.” – Anne of Avonlea
As you may be aware, the true traditional tea custom comes from England. Tea-time in England was a ritual that was refined and, thankfully, it still continues today.
“There’s no scope of the imagination in cooking. You simply have to go by the rules. Last time I made a cake, I forgot to put the flour in it. I was thinking about the lovely joy about us, Diana. I imagined you were desperately ill with small pox, and when everyone deserted you, I went over to your bedside and nursed you back to life.
There is no shortage to the number of inspiring moments in Anne’s world. But what about the people who made them happen? Here is a look at some of the most influential women in Anne’s life. Let us know if you agree with my choices and feel free to add your own suggestions.
If you’ve ever had a conversation with a friend about which scene of the Anne of Green Gables films moves them the most, it’s almost impossible to pick just one. Not too much time lapses between one emotional scene and the next – alternately heartbreaking and inspiring – but we’ve managed to compile a list of the top ten moments. Let us know if we got it right!
Any female fan of Anne of Green Gables has, at some point, wished for her very own Gilbert Blythe: a strong, loyal young man who will stay with her through thick and thin. Strangely enough, Gilbert’s love affair with Anne started when he called her “Carrots” and got a slate smashed over his head in return. From that moment on, Gilbert was smitten with the feisty, red – haired orphan but his affections were not easily… or quickly… returned.