Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Day NINE: 31 DAYS: My Anne-girl and his Charlie-boy

I am a mom of two boys, and am the only girl in our house.  It's surprisingly awesome and I can't imagine life any other way.  There is only one (silly) thing that makes me sad about not having a daughter.  I will never have the pleasure of introducing my kids to my childhood friend, Anne Shirley.


My grandma passed on her Anne of Green Gables collection to my mother, who handed it down to me when I was eleven.  Anne with an "e" and I were instant friends.  Bosom friends.  Kindred spirits.  She became a piece of me.  I'm so glad L.M. Montgomery loved Anne so much, and knew her so well -- well enough to devote eight books to her life.  A reader's dream come true -- to get to live alongside their favorite character again and again.


Whenever I meet someone who loves Anne, I feel instantly connected.  Aren't books wonderful that way?  After we were married, my husband bought the movie DVD collection for me, and graciously watched them all with me.  My husband gets me.  He lets me name-drop Anne, and my other favorite literary characters as often as I like, and maybe understands that I can't help it.  They are just there, in my head, and they can't help but seep into real life sometimes.


My boys may never love Anne, but I am getting to know new friends with them.  Friends I would never know if not for my boys.  And we are getting to know them together.  Matthew, my oldest, found his first true boyhood literary crush this year.  I have Anne.  He has Charlie.  He lived and breathed every moment of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory alongside this boy, and sobbed his eyes out when I read the last word.  He almost cried with delight and relief when I found out that Dahl had written a sequel .  His Charlie was still alive for another adventure.


If you are interested in reading my journey through chapter books with my six-year-old, click {here}.  Every time we finish a book, I add it to the list.   This week we've been making the aquaintance of Chester Cricket, Harry Cat, Tucker Mouse and Mario (whom we strangely decided to rename Joe, because he seemed more like a Joe to both of us!).


There is hardly a better bonding experience than opening a book together, entering new worlds, having new adventures and meeting new friends.

What characters have become your friends over the years?  Who has wormed their way into your world in an inseparable way?  Who are your children's best book buddies?  (Remember: book recommendations are my favorite gifts...)




Click {here} to read Day TEN: My Crush on the Brush of Jon. J. Muth.  Or click {here} to read the 31 DAYS series from the beginning, and find out who else I've fallen madly in love with...


8 comments:

  1. I can't wait to read the Anne books with my girls!
    My other childhood favorites were the Betsy-Tacy-Tib books by Maud Hart Lovelace. I'm in the process of reading the first of the series with my girls, which I've discovered is even more fun than re-reading them myself. Love it!

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  2. I agree - it IS even more fun to share than to first read it yourself!

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  3. I am fully convinced that I was Anne in a former life. Except she's fictional, which puts a whole different spin on things.

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    1. Haha. Love that comment. That's why I love her so much too. I feel like I AM her. Though she's probably much cooler and funnier. I love when I meet people who are total Annes. I love them instantly - but try not to tell them right away lest they run really fast in the other direction.

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    2. p.s. I just popped over to your blog. Your bio is thoroughly entertaining. Even if you weren't Anne in your other {fictional} life, I might have to like you because of "more's the pity" and "there you have it."

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  4. I just found your 31 days series, and I'm really enjoying it. I did want to tell you, 7 year old boy has really enjoyed listening to Anne on audio book. He even likes the movie. He's really all boy too. It might be worth a shot?

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    1. Hi Julie! I'm glad that you found me. Thanks for taking the time to comment. =) That's so nice to hear that your 7-year-old likes Anne. I think mine would too -- if he would give her a chance. She is so funny and dramatic and heart-felt. Which are all things he would identify with. Maybe I can trick him into giving my girl a chance one day...

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    2. Also - don't miss the giveaway on Day 31! It's open until tomorrow at 8 p.m.

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