"Well now, you must mean the Avenue," said Matthew after a few moments' profound reflection. "It is a kind of pretty place."
"Pretty? Oh, pretty doesn't seem the right word to use. Nor beautiful, either. They don't go far enough. Oh, it was wonderful--wonderful. It's the first thing I ever saw that couldn't be improved upon by imagination. It just satisfies me here"--she put one hand on her breast--"it made a queer funny ache and yet it was a pleasant ache. Did you ever have an ache like that, Mr. Cuthbert?"
"Well now, I just can't recollect that I ever had."
"I have it lots of time--whenever I see anything royally beautiful. But they shouldn't call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it--let me see--the White Way of Delight. Isn't that a nice imaginative name? When I don't like the name of a place or a person I always imagine a new one and always think of them so. There was a girl at the asylum whose name was Hepzibah Jenkins, but I always imagined her as Rosalia DeVere. Other people may call that place the Avenue, but I shall always call it the White Way of Delight."
Are you a kindred spirit? I just love Anne of Green Gables. I must admit that I had not read the books as a child. I was introduced to her through the Disney Channel that featured the movie starring Megan Follows, Colleen Dewhurst, and Richard Farnsworth as Anne, Marilla, and Matthew. A beautiful story that drew us in. We watched The Road to Avonlea - a spin-off from the movies on Sunday nights, my daughter and I, after she had taken her shower and she sat in front of me as I braided her wet hair for that crimped look that was popular when she was a child. She had a tea party, complete with non-alcoholic raspberry cordial for her 9th birthday reminiscent of Anne and Diana's tea party. And then of course, we bought and read the Anne of Green Gables series of books that summer.
It's been a wish of mine to visit Prince Edward Island though I doubt I ever will. Maybe my daughter will someday.
So there must be quite a cast of characters at the Picnic this week. I really should head over there and see for myself. You can join in the fun by clicking here. And if you would like to play along next week, the theme is HOT CHOCOLATE (yum!).
P.S. - I made the mistake of asking HWNSNBP if he could tell what was going on in the picture....... "two people watching a bear" was his first guess. Then he remembered that I had asked him to bring down the little rocking chair with the Anne Shirley doll from Rachel's room. "Oh, it's the doll in the rocking chair watching a bear." It's not a bear.