Itchy Ankle and Avonlea

Mention has been made here before of the Crone’s childhood love of Anne of Green Gables. And today, living in Itchy Ankle, she is often reminded of Avonlea, for the rhythm of life here is much the same. Just as orphan Anne knew all was well in Avonlea when she could see Mrs Rachel Lynde sitting in her rocker, surveying the scene, so the Crone’s security in Itchy Ankle is tied to the routine of her neighbor Marilyn. At this time of year, Marilyn, a teacher in term time, works in her garden from sun up to sun down. She wears a yellow t-shirt and faded pink shorts (in the winter these are replaced by a hoodie and sweats). As the afternoon shadows lengthen, she plays Garrison Keiller tapes on an ancient boom box as she sets the sprinkler, ties her vegetable plants to canes, or saws another few planks for her arts and craft fence. She is always reliably there, leaving Itchy Ankle only occasionally in her elderly flatbed jalopy to take garden debris to the dump. The Crone worked from home today and was disquieted to note that Marilyn’s routine had changed. Sure, the sprinkler was still running, but Marilyn wasn’t there. Worse, the truck was in the driveway and Marilyn’s Sunday car, her smart red Volkswagen was missing. The Crone was alarmed. The Sunday car means earrings and blousons and clean nails. Just as front doors in Avonlea were opened only for weddings and funerals, so the red car signifies work days, family summits or medical appointments. No good can possibly come of a trip in the red car…

The Crone hastened to Peggoty and Barkis’s “Where’s Marilyn?” she said “Oh she’ll be working at the back” they replied, trying to be reassuring. “But the red car’s gone…” They looked at each other in bewilderment “She never said she had anywhere to go”

At about 8pm, the Crone left Peggoty and Barkis in Copperfield cottage and was pleased to note that not only was the red car safely parked, but Marilyn was back at her sawhorse, her yellow t-shirt replaced by a blue one, but the pink shorts very much in evidence. The Crone can sleep easy tonight, knowing that things are once more just as they should be in Itchy Ankle.

About Liz Barron

US Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia. Permanent address in Washington DC. Deep roots in Northern Ireland and persistent Belfast accent. Blogger,cook, mother, grandma, Scrabble-player and enthusiastic world traveler.
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One Response to Itchy Ankle and Avonlea

  1. Peggy O'Rock says:

    It may well be time to incorporate ourselves into our own little country of Avonlea..passports required. None of us should go through this worry when of our kind have left without notice…
    And, we also would have known when Ol Glory had arrived on Saturday and been properly uncorked!!!

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