Bonnie wonders if Anne of Green Gables has anything to offer readers today. Recently I picked up Anne of Green Gables and I felt as though I went to get coffee with an old friend. Her story is inspiring and refreshing. Her constant upbeat attitude and imagination-run-wild made me smile as I remembered my own childhood imaginations and adventures. I feel as though such uplifting stories are harder to find these days. Surrounded by self-help books and seminars; conferences for people to learn how to become better people and more organized in a weekend. We are inundated with so much to remind us what we need to become. Anne Shirley blunders throughout the story, growing up and often learning difficult lessons about love and friendship and romance. So often we just want to find a quick fix in a self-help book. How to date, how to be a good friend, finding romance - all these 12 step solutions. As Montgomery comments, "We pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won, but exact their dues of work and self-denial, anxiety and discouragement." So I wonder is Montgomery right in saying that self-denial leads to things worth having in life? Anne of Green Gables was published in 1908 and the times were different from our hectic schedules and I wonder at the relevance of this coming of age story. As much as it is positive and uplifting I find myself wondering if I should put away my self-help books and take the hard road of life or keep seeking a better solution.
Bonnie Ponce is the Director of Support Raising for Relief and lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband and betta fish. She has a BA in English from Sam Houston State University. After work she enjoys relaxing with a good book or working on her novel.