Rose Chintz Cottage is hosting an "Anne of Green Gables" Tea Party tomorrow! I received her invitation a little over a week ago, but I've been so busy lately that I didn't know if I would be able to make it to the party. So I decided to have my own little "Anne of Green Gables" tea party right here in my dining room this afternoon, with my lovely "Anne of Green Gables" Madame Alexander doll as the hostess.
"Anne" was one of my mother's collection of Madame Alexander dolls, and the only one that I truly cared about receiving from her estate. Why? Well, because "Anne" and I have a little known shared secret. When my mother was a young girl she dearly loved reading the "Anne of Green Gables" series of books written by Lucy M. Montgomery. I can recall hearing her talk about these stories many times as I was growing up, particularly because of the very special bond we shared. You see, when I was born the first thing my mother heard the doctor announcing was, "A little redhead!" Up to that point in time I don't believe my parents had fully determined what my name would be, although several dubious choices had been considered. When my mother heard that I was a redhead, she immediately thought of her favorite heroine from her childhood, "Anne, spelled with an e," and my name was finally decided. I would be named Pamela Anne, and Anne would be spelled with an e, just like "Anne of Green Gables". I don't know if my mother considered what kind of child Anne Shirley was in those stories and that by naming me after her I might be somewhat like her, but the name took, and I was christened Pamela Anne Mursch shortly thereafter.
"Diana is a very pretty little girl. She has black eyes and hair and rosy cheeks. And she is good and smart, which is better than being pretty." (Anne of Green Gables, Chapter VIII, "Anne's Bringing-Up Is Begun". )
|I apologize that the picture isn't clearer. I was trying to get another picture when |
my memory card in my camera became "full"...and I do not have a
replacement yet! Oh well...you get the idea!