Monday, March 25, 2013

Living a Romantic Life

 Romantic - adjective:
... 2. fanciful; impractical; unrealistic: romantic ideas.
3. imbued with or dominated by idealism, a desire for adventure, chivalry, etc.
7. ( usually initial capital letter ) of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a style of literature and art that subordinates form to content, encourages freedom of treatment, emphasizes imagination, emotion, and introspection, and often celebrates nature, the ordinary person, and freedom of the spirit ( contrasted with classical)...
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I don't remember when I first saw the Anne of Green Gable mini series, or when I first read the book, and I also can't remember a time when I didn't love it. I think one of the reasons I took so quickly to the story was because Anne is so much like me (She's bold, rash, sometimes thoughtless, let's her opinions be known and is a little bit vain), but I think the other reason I love the story so much is because I loved the idea of living the lifestyle that Anne does. It's so romantic: I mean, the tea parties, the dances, the long walks through the woods and fields with her "bosom friend" - I wanted it all!

But then one day an extraordinary thought hit me: Anne Shirley wanted puffed sleeves on her dresses. Puffed sleeves weren't old fashioned back then. She wasn't longing for an umpire waist like in the Romantic Era a hundred years before her time - she wanted what was modern and stylish at the time that she lived in. In fact most of what Anne did was just normal life for her. Having a tea party was as common then as having a super bowl party is now. It wasn't vintage or old fashioned, it was just life. So if what Anne was doing was just normal life stuff, then why couldn't my life be romantic and full of adventures?


I think that in some small (or big!) way Anne Shirley is my hero. The time she lived in isn't what made her life so interesting - it was the way she looked at it. Who here remember "the Avenue" in Anne of Green Gables? Now who remembers "the White Way of Delight"? Spoiler: they're the same place! Anne gave us a reason to remember it. She saw and appreciated the beauty around her for what it really was. Not even the common cherry tree went unnoticed by Anne - and that's what made her life special. That's what can make our lives just as special. We just need to get outside more, really look around ourselves more, and see the beauty around us. I'm going to start tagging all of my posts and instagram photos that involve a me having a romantic life with "my romantic life" and I encourage you to do the same if you're so moved.


I'm not really sure if any of this made sense, but I'm going to do more posts on it in the future, so hopefully if it doesn't yet, it will later. Let's go get that romantic life, y'all!

xo,

Katie Burry

8 comments:

  1. "Anne was devoured by secret regret that she had not been born in Camelot." ~ Chapter Twenty-eight.

    Not to rain on your parade or anything. I can't wait to see your 'romantic life'!

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  2. I also love Anne Shirley! I live 3 hours from where the story takes place and grew up loving it. PEI even has Green Gables and Avonlea (Village of Anne of Green Gables) where you can have raspberry cordial. The village is a replica of Avonlea with all the characters brought to life.

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  3. I also love Anne Shirley! I live 3 hours from where the story takes place and grew up loving it. PEI even has Green Gables and Avonlea (Village of Anne of Green Gables) where you can have raspberry cordial. The village is a replica of Avonlea with all the characters brought to life.

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  4. What a lovely sentiment! We could all do well to find more magic in our lives :). I adore that dress as well! A great start to channeling your inner romantic.

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  5. I hae NEVER read Anne of Gren Gables. Weird, right? I still get what you mean here - I think we often misuse the word romantic to be something between a couple. Also, these photos are perfect to fir the words - I love that.

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  6. I read all of the Anne of Green Gable books when I was younger and I always watched the series once a year maybe? I always loved the character and wished I had red hair. Wonderful post. ;)

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  7. beautifully written.
    I never thought of it that way. . .that one can have a taste or longing for more, while at the same time want things to be simple and "less"? I loved the books and tv series as well. I have always been like her where I don't think before I say certain things and am too bold in it that it gets me in trouble, as she often got herself, or she just talked too much (like I do as well). When things got down to it, she (and I) know how to get the job done. Plus I had no friends until I was 16, so I felt like her. . .instead of a window friend though, I talked to myself in the mirror and it is embarrassing to think about.
    Your outfit is beautiful on you. Enjoy your romantic life!!
    +Victoria+

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