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A – is for… Anne ;)

aOf Green Gables of course!

Do not remember when was it exactly, or how old was I when I read it for the first time… 11?12? ania_z_zielonego_wzgorza

This was the cover:

I remember when I borrowed the first “Anne” book from the library. I went there shortly after and asked for the next… and next. And then the librarian put aside all the rest of the series for me… Later on I bought the whole series . Re-read it multiple times. My Mom was laughing that I was trying to learn the whole series by heart.

And I’ve always dreamt I’d be able to read it in original one day…

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…Fast forward to year 2008 I believe… In one of the conversations with my Husband I mentioned my dream to be able to visit PEI one day… And to read the series in original… “One day? why not this summer?” He suggested… Wow…

Not only that, but I got the whole series for my birthday… and, yeah , we went to PEI in summer 2009…

… and I felt like a child again. Yup, we went with our two kiddos, just a few years old each, but honestly I was thankful for my Husband, he had the job of watching three kids that time. When I walked into Avonlea (yes, in Cavendish they made a tiny village, with original buildings from that time… school, church, stores…) I was re-living the books again. Everything came to life again…

OK so I could be writing and writing, but instead I’m just going to say – Dream away! They DO come true!!! 🙂

 

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D – is for Dreams…

A Little Girl was growing up someplace in Europe. Central Europe to be a touch more specific. Learnt to read pretty early in her life (wasn’t 5 years old yet), and since that time books and her became inseparable. When she was 6 years old she signed herself into the library. The short distance from home (and no streets to cross) made it easy for her to visit the “book place” as she often called it – very often. Like more than once a week. Soon the Librarian trusted her enough that she turned a blind eye on the fact that she borrows more books than it is allowed (and the limit was 3…). When the Girl was in grade 4, Librarian handed her a book saying simply: “You’ll like it”. And oh-how-much she loved it! She read it over and over again. When she was returning it a week or so later – the Librarian asked: “and? Did you like it?” “I loved it!” exclaimed the Girl. “Well, here is the second part to it” said the woman, handing her a book with a familiar picture on the cover. The Girl checked out the book and went home to start reading immediately (she’d done her homework already 😉 ).
It was “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. As the Girl was reading the book that into her language was translated as “Anne of Green Hills” – she was imagining vast, wavy and green fields, pastures, where Anne would help Matthew watch over the cattle, the paths, on which Anne and Diane would walk and talk about all the important things… The Girl’s head was full of dreams… She’d imagine everything so vividly… She knew there was no way she’d ever visit those places, breathe that air with the scent of the ocean (she had seen the sea, but the ocean…?), touch the red sands of Prince Edward Island… she let herself Dream on…
As she was growing, her head was filling up with many other dreams. The Man of Dreams – gentle, dark-haired, handsome guy, with lots of patience and heart that’d be beating just for her… Little dream of the car – SUV-type. Travelling by car to distant places, staying overnight in hotels on the way… and so many more…

Fast forward some 25+ years… The Girl is a Woman now, and yes, few years ago she met the Man of her Dreams (though she’d never suspect that, the way her life was going… but that’s not important anymore, is it? :), who became her Husband, and who, it just so happened, owned an old SUV (Brand nonessential to the story. Also I will not mention the fact that this particular dream she could have very well skipped and not have dreamed at all – very NOT practical car )… and who, one day said: How about a trip to Prince Edward Island?
Oh, I guess I forgot to mention,that The Man of her Dreams that became her Husband, lived on a different continent, specifically – in the country called Canada… 🙂
And so, the Woman, who still had that Girl with her big Dream inside, went to the very places that Anne from The Book of her dreams had gone, saw Green Gables (and here was a funny thing – she never checked in the dictionary what the “gables” actually meant, and her whole life thought they were… hills 🙂 ). Tears of happiness were trickling down her cheeks so many times in those days… The Man of her Dreams’ eyes sparkled too 😉 (he had to take over keeping an eye on their two wonderful Kiddos, as he realized that he can’t count on his Wife in that matter 😉 She looked and behaved just like the Kiddos herself.)
Did I mention that it took them four days to get there, they went by car and stayed in the hotels on their way? 🙂

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… I just want to say – Dream on!!! You’ll never know if they will come true, but the truth is – you have to Dream to find that out yourself, right???