A walk with Jerusha.

I started in the afternoon and finished reading by night. For the record, I saw the Japanese animation when I was younger(I believe it aired the same year as Anne of Green Gables) but I never knew it was based on a book. Until yesterday. Flipping through the pages, well the digital pages (SORRY I KNOW I’VE PLEDGED TO READ THE PRINTED WORD BUT I’M BROKE AT THE MOMENT AND I DO MISS MY TRIPS TO BOOKSALE HOPEFULLY I’LL SPLURGE ON THE PRINTED WORD SOON), I was compelled to read Jerusha “Judy” Abbott’s letters aloud. Twas a delight reading Ms. Webster’s book. (Most of the time, I was reading it in a British accent, tried to, because I felt it proper for the choice of words.)

“She was by nature a sunny soul, and had always snatched the tiniest excuse to be amused.”

“It seems as though I belonged to somebody now, and it’s a very comfortable sensation.”
“I am beginning, in fact, to feel at home in the world—as though I really belonged to it and had not just crept in on sufferance.”

(It’s undeniable how grateful Judy is to Daddy Long Legs/Mr. Smith/Master Jervie/Uncle Jervis Pendleton. Never mind that her letters went unanswered and that it took some years before she met him in person for the first time. Or so she thought.)

“It’s much more entertaining to live books than to write them.”

“It isn’t the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh—I really think that requires SPIRIT.”

(I almost agree with this statement of Judy, seeing as I’m sort of having a quarter-life crisis. Simply put, I’m still trying to figure out where to go and what to do next.)

“It makes me almost hope I’m not a genius; they must be very wearing to have about—and awfully destructive to the furniture.”

(For Literature class, Judy was reading a journal by a lady named Marie Bashkirtseff. The latter, as she had written, was “seized by a fit of despair” one night and it drove her to “throw the dining room clock into the sea.” Judy’s innocent remarks made me laugh.)

All in all, though the book was 90% confined in Judy’s letters, the delight and amusement brought me back to my younger years. The cartoons aired on TV way back e.g. Anne of Green Gables, Daddy Long Legs, Heidi, Dog of Flanders, etc., are, I must say, better than the ones shown today. Can I have a playback of my childhood shows, please?

Somewhere,
Dyan

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