The Anne of Green Gables series was one of the series I loved as a young girl. I loved Anne’s dreaminess and forthrightness. I loved her temperament. She was so much fun and so fascinated by life. She grew and changed. She was so filled with love and determination. What was not to love? She was independent-minded. In literature this was somewhat atypical at the time. However, there were other female characters that had some similar characteristics: Jo March, Betsy Ray, Laura Ingalls, and Beany Malone to name a few. I may have actually worn out my library’s copies of some of those books. These girls were bright, eager, intelligent, hard working, and ready to take on the world and change it. How could I not be inspired and influenced by them? I couldn’t. They swept me away, they truly did. Their decisions, dreams, and goals were characteristics I could find in myself.
I believe that the writers of fiction have a certain freedom. They can have fictional characters do or say things that the writer WISHES people would do or say. (Fine examples of that exist in Uncle Tom’s Cabin and in To Kill a Mockingbird). This in turn can evoke change in society. What a wonderful thing that is to bring about change so quietly yet completely. No screaming, no marching, no destruction, no hurtful attitude or behavior; yet they bring about true change.
This morning I was feeling both happy and melancholy. Happy to be given the gift of another day and melancholy that the year is rapidly drawing to a close. I’m a bit worn out from work and need to feel refreshed. Then I opened my newspaper and so a lovely quote by L.M. Montgomery. “Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.” Ah yes…a series of tomorrows awaits us. Each day we begin anew. We reach out, take God’s hand and venture forth to face our days. SO….I refuse to give in to melancholy. I am grateful for the past week no matter how exhausted I feel at that moment. I rejoice in knowing God will remain at my side each time I invite Him. Alleluia.