“October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put out the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green…
‘Oh, Marilla,’ she [Anne] exclaimed one Saturday morning…’I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November. Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill –several thrills?’
I don’t think anything needs to be added to that quote –it’s exactly how I feel driving – or walking – along Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and parks and on trips I’ve made to Gettysburg and Uniontown.
I haven’t read Anne of Green Gables before but I’m enjoying it now, especially because I was first introduced to Anne in the eponymous made-for-TV movie starring Coleen Dewhurst and Megan Fellows. That splendid production did such a good job capturing the flavor as well as the details of the book that I lay in wait to re-experience the adventures of its spunky, loquacious and – most of all- imaginative heroine.