As I advance in years, I find the holidays make me nostalgic.
Green Gables introduced me to a simpler time when neighbors helped neighbors (OK and gossiped about them – trust me, it happens on islands and small communities). It also introduced me to Gilbert Blythe.
I have never loved a fictional hero more than Gil. He comes closest to embodying what I value in my real life heartthrob: humor, dependability, honesty, brains and the guts to put a gal back in her place whenever her temper flares a shade too red.
In a tribute to great stories, I must give thanks for an even more important element of any great love story: The Heroine. Anne Shirley is feisty, stubborn, smart, imaginative, hardworking and compassionate – so long as you don’t make a crack about her red hair or disagree with her on anything!
I’m especially grateful that Montgomery didn’t pull a Louisa May Alcott (Little Women) – sticking Jo March with the older brooding big city man rather than her bosom friend.
Photo from Anne and Gilbert tumblr.com.