Over the last weekend, I read Anne of Green Gables and the least I can say is I turned Anne myself, minus the talkative part.
Anne is a dreamy and a highly imaginative girl who sees beauty all around in her surroundings. Reading it led me to recall how was I when I had been 11 years old. But, I could remember nothing.
Here is an excerpt from the book –
With one small turn, they were on the “Avenue” – a short stretch of road with trees lining both sides; a tunnel of leaves, branches, and blossoms. Its beauty struck the child dumb. She clasped her hands together and looked at the trees with awe.
When they turned onto another road she said, “Oh, Mr. Cuthbert, that’s the first place I’ve seen that couldn’t be improved by imagination. It’s so beautiful, I can feel it in my chest. It’s like an ache. I’ve felt that ache many times. I shall call that place the White Way of Delight. It really is the only name for it.”
They passed a gray house with a pond nearby. ” Oh, look at that pond, Mr. Cuthbert, I will name it the Lake of Shining Waters.”
Wasn’t it magical? Didn’t it make you imagine that you are passing by that White Way of delight even though you were seated somewhere reading this excerpt? Did the Lake of Shining Waters not make you remember the last time you were on the banks of a river or a lake watching the sun rays sparkling and dancing in the water?
The next morning, which was a Monday and a school day, I was walking Dhruv through the building basement to drop him off at the school bus. At this time, every morning, there are car cleaners frantically cleaning and washing the cars parked in the basement and there are small streams of water flowing everywhere from one side to the other given the fact that the basement is inclined at several places. That morning, I saw those streams differently. I told Dhruv, “Look these are rivers flowing from here to there” and giggled childishly. And, my little 4.5 year old child cut me short in a serious tone, “Oh Mummy, there is no need to laugh about this” which made me laugh more at the role reversals.
Moving further, I saw a big car standing in a large pool of water. I pointed to Dhruv, “This is a ship standing still, with its anchor down, in the sea”.
I simply refused to grow up.