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In this epic battle, books would come out victorious.

As a child, I read the entire Anne of Green Gables series. Starting with Anne Shirley as an auburn haired orphan being brought home by Matthew Cuthbert when Marilla really wanted a boy, to her friendship with “bosom friend” Diana Barry, to her love affair with Gilbert Blythe, to the birth of her children. And throughout the entire series, I had vivid images in my mind of what she looked like, what her house looked like, what Gilbert looked like, and what her general surroundings were. In 5th grade, I was so sure of Anne Shirley’s life that I almost thought I could be Anne Shirley if I wanted to.

There’s a house in Frankfort, IL, that I call the “Anne of Green Gables House.” Jered always makes fun of me for it, but it’s my most favorite house in the whole area. This is what it kind of looks like:

This is how I picture the house at Green Gables. Except without a garage door or quite so elaborate landscaping. And maybe a bit more colorful. But the general structure, with the wrap around porch and the circle rooms and creative rooftop.

I bet most of you have seen the movie, “Anne of Green Gables.” I have not. I never saw it when I was young, and now I have absolutely no desire to see it. My idealized images of Anne Shirley and Green Gables are too perfect in my head. I spent too much time building that world in my head to have Hollywood show me what it should really look like. I just can’t bring myself to ruin what 5th grade Melissa created.

I feel the same way about the Little House on the Prairie books. I began reading these much earlier – I have vivid memories of my mom reading Little House in the Big Woods and trying to imagine what that winter would feel like – and finished the series in about 3rd grade. Apparently there are movies, but I haven’t seen them. And I don’t want to.

I feel bad for kids now. Unless they are introduced to these great books, they will never have the opportunity to create these imaginary worlds and be transported somewhere else than their backyard or living room.

Go outside. Read a book. Play pretend.


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“Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness.”
-John Wesley

I’m pretty sure I have 3 or 4 loads of laundry to do. And only enough quarters to do one load. What to do…what to do…

Why is it that I resist doing laundry? I’ve had more than enough boring nights stuck in the building to get it done, yet I never want to do it. Tonight I watched two movies with friends (17 Again and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Last night, I actually did my homework. The night before I went to bed at 10 pm. Tomorrow. I’ll do my laundry tomorrow.

It is very strange to be back at Monmouth. When I was flying back after winter break I realized that this is the last spring semester I’ll ever do at Monmouth College. This could potentially be the last spring I’ll ever spend in Midwestern America. It is sad, but almost relieving in the same respect. This is the last time I’ll ever have to worry about how many classes I’ve scheduled myself for on third floor Wallace. The last time I’ll make my calendar based on ResLife activities, Alpha Xi Delta, and what time my friends are eating lunch. The last semester (hopefully) I’ll ever have to endure bad cafeteria food again!

I want to make my transition out of Monmouth as clean as possible. I don’t want to leave a lot of hanging connections, but I also don’t want to burn every bridge on my way out. I’m trying to take the path of least destruction. I feel as though leaving college and moving away could be a messy job, and I don’t want to leave a mess behind me.

Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness…is my new motto.

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