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Popular and articulate parenting blogger Starry won second prize at the Women’s Web My Favourite Female Contest with this entry. She blogs at Things do not change…until we change.
The first character I recalled when I saw the Women s Web Favourite Females contest announcement was Anne Shirley/Blythe. Hmm , I thought. That s a children s series, and there s nothing extraordinary about Anne . Nevertheless, she s my first favourite female character. The series of 8 books starts with Anne of Green Gables and now also a prequel that I d reviewed here. An elderly brother and sister in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, 19th century Canada adopt a feisty carrot-haired eleven year old and there begins the tale of Anne Shirley s life all the way to when she s a mother of six grown-up children. So what is it that s inspiring to me about Anne?
She s a dreamer. She builds wistful castles in Spain, and spins fantasies and tales in the unlikeliest of situations and using commonplace people. When she reads, she lives the characters in the books.
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She imagines. She changes realities she doesn t like, whether it s the nose on someone s face, or the face of her Prince Charming. She tells one of her twin daughters in Anne of Ingleside that often a flight of imagination has helped her solve problems and escape from harsh reality. But she advises her to harness her imagination, not allow it to control her, as had happened in the child s fantasies.
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