When a Dream Comes Closer than Expected

“It gave a strange reality to the books 
of theirs which I have read 
to see those places where they 
once lived and labored.– L.M. Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery

I saw something in a blog recently that gave me a feeling of awe. The writer probably didn’t realize what she wrote would touch someone else so deeply – but she told me that one of my childhood dreams had partially come true five years ago.

I didn’t even realize it back then.

My dream reveals an early level of literary geekdom: I wanted to visit Prince Edward Island to walk in the steps of author L.M. Montgomery, who wrote the Anne of Green Gables stories, to make the stories come alive for me even more than they already had in the past.

When I was young, I loved Anne’s imagination, her dramatic way of speaking, how she had a best friend as true and loyal as Diana, how she yearned for stylish puffed sleeves, and how she was so oblivious to Gilbert’s love at first. As I grew older and kept returning to the books and movies, I saw the character of Anne as someone who was a role model — a writer, a teacher, a friend, someone whose love ran deep. Anne and Diana were real to me.

The blog said L.M. Montgomery made a literary pilgrimage in 1910 to Concord, Massachusetts — the spot where American greats including Thoreau, Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott once lived and wrote.

Montgomery wrote: “[Concord] is a most charming spot and I shall never forget the delightful drive we had around it. We saw the ‘Old Manse’ where Hawthorne lived during his honeymoon and where he wrote ‘Mosses from an Old Manse,’ the ‘Wayside’ where he also lived, the ‘Orchard House’ where Louisa Alcott wrote, and Emerson’s house.”

My mind immediately connected: L.M. Montgomery had been to Concord to visit literary spots; my husband and I were engaged there five years ago and visited those same spots after a very long drive from our hometown. My husband got down on one knee at the site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, and later that day, we visited the Old Manse that L.M. Montgomery had also written about visiting. We ended up seeing the Alcott house and spending a lot of time in Boston, not too far from Concord.

It was a romantic engagement that created lifelong memories way before I realized the new connection.

As I read the blog, the realization hit: I had probably walked in L.M. Montgomery’s footsteps without even realizing it. It wasn’t how I imagined it happening, but seeing my memories in this new light is inspiring.

I still want to visit Prince Edward Island someday. In the meantime, I think it’s amazing that my own feet have already travelled a little closer to the steps of L.M. Montgomery than I had realized.

As a person of faith, I believe we can never fully know all of the connections that life has in store for us. I’m thankful for the sweet surprises that are revealed along the way, and I’m also thankful for the parts of the story that are yet to be known.

I hope life surprises you this week.

With love and blessings,

Teresa from Mama Muse Me

 

The L.M. Montgomery quotes were found at http://sarahemsley.com/2013/11/30/l-m-montgomerys-literary-pilgrimage-to-concord-mass/.

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6 thoughts on “When a Dream Comes Closer than Expected

  1. How exciting to realize that connection! I have felt the same connection when I visited Europe several years ago and walked in some of the places where Mozart and Gutenberg walked and lived. It was like touching time …

    • Í like how you said that: “It was like touching time.” It sounds poetic, and it describes how I felt too 🙂

      I have been to London, but I haven’t seen the rest of Europe. That’s another trip I dream about, but I might have to wait awhile (maybe retirement, haha)! The Gutenberg history must have been so interesting to see. I also really love Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” I never realized how much I could enjoy opera until I saw a college production of it.

  2. This is lovely. I have always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island too, and my relatives are Canadian so we travel there every summer to our cottage. A few years ago I visited the Lakes District in Northern England, retracing my ancestry to beautiful Muncaster Castle and I had those same thoughts and feelings you express here. A sacred pilgrimage retracing history in a way that took my breath. Nice visiting from Holley’s link up.

  3. Pingback: Reading L.M. Montgomery’s Emily Series | Mama Muse Me

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