As a young girl there was one annual event on CBC that I looked forward to every year and it was Anne of Green Gables. I was swept up the Anne with her love of puff sleeves, the arduous Gilbert Blythe, and her one true bosom buddy Diane. I laughed when Anne died her hair green, when she got Diane got drunk on cordial, and would sob when Matthew died.
As a I child I could relate to Anne and was excited that she was only a ferry ride away! She grew-up in a small town just like me and she still dared to dream! It was her dreams, passions, and love of good books that made me want to be Anne Shirley. Afterall, we did seem to have away to finding trouble and falling off things…
The one thing Anne introduced me to was her love of poetry. My favorite scene is Anne floating down the river on her sinking boat as she quotes The Lady of Shallot. I wanted to memorize, understand, and love its meaning just as much as Anne. Her melodrama and deep passion for poetry made me love my own books so much more!
She is the one character that stays with me in my heart reminding me to keep my own passions alive. As a young girl when the days where rough and female role models were far from near. I could depend on Ann spelt with an E who was always longing for a dress with puff sleeves.
So as the NaBloPoMo month of fiction comes to an end – Is there fictional character from your childhood that stays close to your heart?