Dear Mrs. Rothwood,
Just a short note today. Growing up I always wanted to be Anne Shirley, but now I realize I am so much more a Marilla. And while there is no romance and thrill in that (as many of us women want to be the exciting heroine) there is a sense of peace and satisfaction. I am content to be a Marilla....with a bit of Anne's influence.
Perhaps that is why, deep in the recesses of my bosom (hat tip to Anne there), despite being smothered by my feeling that I ought to aspire to be an Anne, I always had a warm spot for Marilla. I inwardly nodded at her practical wisdom and cringed at Anne's drama (why couldn't she just behave! But, then she wouldn't be Anne....see I am a Marilla.)
Although, I can completely see my daughter being very much an Anne type, which only reinforces my Marilla role all that much more.
Yes, quite content.
Mrs. D. Scott