It isn't surprising that I loved Anne as a kid. Anne was an orphan but she was so positive. She was smart and eager to learn. She was competitive and could beat all the boys. She was adventurous. She was mouthy. She always seemed to be getting herself into trouble. She was cursed with bright red hair that while she felt insecure about it, added to her charm. She also had the perfect beau, Gilbert Blythe, her long suffering admirer really goes through the ringer for Anne and what girl doesn't want to be loved like that, unconditionally.
So I was excited to share this with my kids. But while we were watching we got to the point where a certain Gilbert Blythe mentions Anne's red hair.
This scene is critical to the rest of the movie because it is the seed of Anne's grudge against Gilbert, which keeps his love unrequited for years. This never bothered me as a kid. The thing about woman is they don't seem to mind tortured relationships but when my son saw this and then all the slights that Anne does toward Gilbert as a result of it he turns to the whole family and says, "Anne is a jerk!" "No she's not," I instantly responded. My husband happened to be walking through the room at the moment, "Yes she is." "You guys are crazy!" But then I started to think about it, and you know what, Anne sort of is a jerk. She holds a grudge on this for so long even though Gilbert is one, obviously just trying to get her attention and two, from this moment on makes it clear he is apologetic, very interested in her, and continues to make huge sacrifices to improve Anne's life. Funny how it took having a son to look at this story from Gilbert's side and darn it, the kid is right. I've decided to hold off introducing the kids to Anne of Avonlea. Don't want the kid ruining that one for me :)