Did you read Anne of Green Gables as a girl? Or did you make her acquaintance viewing the wonderful Sullivan Productions film on PBS in 1985? I've read all the "Anne" books which were given to me by my grandfather, a native of Anne's beloved Nova Scotia.
Anne's greatest message is that she never gave up hope for a better life, for herself and for others that she cared about. She learned at a very young age that life is not always easy and sometimes through no fault of our own, tragic unforeseen things can turn lives upside down and inside out. After Anne's parents died and she became an orphan, her future looked as though it would be a bleak existence of servitude. But regardless of how it appeared, she found imaginative ways to keep her spirits up. She befriended the girl in the glass, she made up stories to occupy her fine mind, and developed a deep love for nature that comforted and gave steadiness to her changing life. Even the bitter disappointment of having to leave Green Gables could not keep her from placing Marilla and Matthew's home in her memory vault to call upon later. (Fortunately, Anne's winsome attitude convinced Marilla to let her stay!)
Anne's lessons can be drawn upon even in today's unsettled world. And while Anne never played Pollyanna's Glad Game, she always imagined a better way. If it's true that intention becomes reality, then perhaps we all have the goods inside to forge ahead through troubled waters.
My only child will be leaving home in the not too distant future, and I will have the emptiest of nests. So I plan on looking to Anne for inspiration. I will keep my eyes on the prize of what I want my future to be, lose myself in the wonderful vista that nature provides by taking walks, cultivating my garden, and I will find new kindred spirits who have the same internal optimism. That's what Anne would do. I just know it.