OTR Celebrates April With Lucy Maud Montgomery
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Lucy Maud Montgomery qualified for her teacher’s license at Prince Wales College in 1895 and spent a few years teaching at Bideford, located in the western portion of Prince Edward Island. Her grandfather’s death in 1898 brought her back to work at the post office with her grandmother. Ever resourceful, Maud arranged for one of her cousins to take over her responsibilities so that she could embrace the heady excitement of being the editor and proof-reader of the Halifax Echo’s society page. There was a joyful anticipation within her life until, in 1902, news that her cousin and grandmother had a falling-out caused her to return to Cavendish.
This was the time that Anne of Green Gables came into being. By 1904, Maud had submitted the manuscript to four publishers, all of whom rejected it out of hand. Into a hatbox it went for safekeeping, while she continued writing articles and poetry. The time had not yet come.
In Memory of Maggie
By Lucy Maud Montgomery
A pussy-cat who was the household pet for seventeen years.
Naught but a little cat, you say;
Yet we remember her,
A creature loving, loyal, kind,
With merry, mellow purr;
The faithful friend of many years,
Shall we not give her meed of tears?
Sleek-suited in her velvet coat,
White-breasted and bright-eyed,
Feeling when she was praised and stroked
A very human pride;
A quiet nook was sure to please
Where she might take her cushioned ease.
Little gray friend, we shall not feel
Ashamed to grieve for you;
Many we know of human-kind
Are not so fond and true;
Dear puss, in all the years to be
We’ll keep your memory loyally.