That got me to thinkin' about the first time I became acquainted with Anne of Green Gables. It just so happened to be at Word of Life Bible Institute in Pottersville, New York, where I spent my first year of college. They don't call it the Word of Life Bubble for nothing. We got no tv. No radio. No Walkmans. Nothing but total sheltering and Jack's Snack Shack. (Except that I roomed with Cathy Hagerman and she broke the rules!!! Oh yes, we used to hide up on her bed when Julie Kough - another one of our roommates - was gone, listening to Wilson Phillips when we should've been reading for Bible Survey.)
We had so much fun there in Europe Lower Room #16. There were four of us. Melissa, Julie, Cathy, and me. We had a microwave, a refrigerator, a big huge stop sign, and not to mention, great neighbors. (Hi, Sandra!) We heard Julie digging through her makeup box every morning looking specifically for her 529-A lipstick. We enjoyed the microwave muffins Cathy's sister used to send us all the time. The whole dorm would be jealous. And despite the crappy curtains that Word of Life wouldn't let my mom take down and replace, we had a great view out our dorm window. This photo. . .circa fall of 1991.
That, my faithful readers, is Schroon Lake. Nine miles of blessed peaceful waters in which I once nearly died, after getting wacked on the head by someone's foot while being thrown from some water toy pulled by a speed boat called a hot dog. Skip Mason jumped out of the boat and saved my life and I will be forever grateful to him. (OK, I'm making it out to be a little worse than it actually was. But he did jump off the boat because I my head was bleeding. Turns out, that girl's toenail scratched me across the head!!!!)
Anyway, it was after the Valentine's Banquet when they showed the first part in Council Hall. . .on the big screen. Then either the next night or a few nights later - I can't even remember now - they showed Anne of Avonlea. I was immediately hooked for life. I've seen the movies lots of times, was a Megan Follows stalker-fan for a while, and have read (I think) all of the books. I've even read them aloud at school. I didn't know until tonight that it existed in musical form.
Ahhh. . . Anne and Gilbert. They've defined romance for us all. It goes like this . . .True love always.