May 30, 2011 at 11:01 pm 2 comments

“To think that this is my twentieth birthday, and that I’ve left my teens behind me forever,” said Anne, who was curled up on the hearth-rug with Rust in her lap, to Aunt Jamesina who was reading in her pet chair…

“I suppose you feel kind of sorry,” said Aunt Jamesina. “The teens are such a nice part of life. I’m glad I’ve never gone out of them myself.”

Anne laughed. “You never will, Aunty. You’ll be eighteen when you should be a hundred. Yes, I’m sorry, and a little dissatisfied as well. Miss Stacy told me lon ago that by the time I was twenty my character would be formed, for good or evil. I don’t feel that it’s what it should be. It’s full of flaws.”

“So’s everybody’s,” said Aunt Jamesina cheerfully. “Mine’s cracked in a hundred places. Your Miss Stacy likely meanth that when you are twenty your character would have got its permanent bent in one direction or another, and would go on developing in that line. Don’t worry over it, Anne. Do your duty by God and your neighbor and yourself, and have a good time. That’s my philosophy, and it’s always worked pretty well.”

– Anne of the Island

It seemed oddly appropriate to post these few lines, from one of my very favorite books, on my [almost] twentieth birthday. This is my last night being a teenager – and like Anne, I’m kind of sorry. But twenty sounds like a very charming age indeed.

Here’s to new adventures!


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to be known is to be loved, and to be loved is to be known blissfully twenty

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Joanna  |  May 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Happy day! I love that quote from Anne, by the way. So true. And so me. 🙂 And so you.

    I ❤ you!

  • 2. Annie  |  May 31, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    happy birthday Megan! i love these books. that’s a perfect passage for a twentieth birthday.


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