More Lessons from Story Time with my Daughter

Cover of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Mon...

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“You set your heart too much on things, Anne,” said Marilla with a sigh. “I’m afraid there’ll be a great many disappointments in store for you through life.”

“Oh, Marilla, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them,” exclaimed Anne. “You mayn’t get the things themselves; but nothing can prevent you from having the fun of looking forward to them. Mrs. Lynde says, ‘Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be disappointed.’ But I think it would be worse to expect nothing than to be disappointed.”

-from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I admit, I spend much more time in Marilla’s view of things than in Anne’s. Which should surprise no one who knows me.

I try to be Anne-like, though. And that counts for something, I think.

(Incidentally, my first child only narrowly escaped being named Marilla. As it stands, I went with another literary character, albeit unintentionally.)

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