I was so sad to hear about Jonathan Crombie’s death on April 12th. He is and always been known as Gilbert. In my mind and heart he played the best Gilbert. I am a huge Anne of Green Gables fan and while I know that a lot of fans have already blogged about Gilbert’s passing, I wanted to wait till I knew what I wanted to say. Now that I know what it is that I want to say, I am ready to share it with you.
Thank you for teaching young girls/women what to look for in a man. You love Anne in a way that was precious. You didn’t just wait for Anne, you pursued her heart. You loved her for her stubbornness, and her dramatics. You didn’t want to change her, you helped her love who she was. You encouraged her to chase after her dreams, and stood beside her as she did.
The first time I ever watched Anne of Green Gables, I was amazed. Someone else was quirky, and loved books as much as I did. She was a free spirit. She writes her stories while I sit here and write my own. You loved her stories. You were her biggest fan. I realized that love was something precious, and someone that loved me was going to love me for me. You always looked at Anne as though she were the only girl in the room. I realized at a young age that a man that truly loves you will look at you like that. That your love for Anne wasn’t a fairy-tale romance. It was a perfect example of what real love is like. Loving someone for who they are is a selfless act. To encourage them to dream and reach for the stars, because they know that you can make it.
Thanks to you, I held out for my own Gilbert. Someone who loves me for who I am. Who treats me with respect, and loves me unconditionally.