So, what’s the name all about??
Well, it’s a story… so hang in there. The idea to start a blog had been simmering in the back of my head for a while, but it took my Mum saying that I should really do it to get me actually thinking about getting on with it. I knew that I wanted it to be a place focused on sharing my writing with others. I also knew that my love of reading would feature heavily on it, as I feel that the writing and reading are so inextricably entwined together for me. So I wanted a name that would reflect the main themes – writing and reading.
But, as a major book nerd, I had this hope that I could somehow link the name to one of my favourite books. That book would be ‘Anne of Green Gables’. Now here is not the time or place for a rant on how much I love this book, but let me suffice to say: I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. So I had this little hope that I could find a name from AoGG (as I abbreviate it) that could reflect my literary habits and pursuits.
So I just kinda let it sit, and I periodically thought it over and tried to come up with some ideas. And then one day, my Mum gave me some ideas for a name, as she had been reading AoGG. The one that I liked the most was – The Way of Delight. What a surprise!
Now just hang on a minute, let me explain why I loved it so much. First of all, any die-hard Anne fan will know this scene I’m about to copy down. Matthew is taking Anne to Green Gables for the first time, after the shocking discovery that she is most certainly not the boy he and Marilla had asked for. L.M. Montgomery writes:
“The “Avenue” so called by the Newbridge people, was a stretch of road four or five hundred yards long, completely arched over with huge, wide-spreads apple-trees, planted years ago by an eccentric old farmer. Overhead was one long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom. Below the boughs the air was full of a purple twilight and far ahead a glimpse of painted sunset sky shone like a great rose window at the end of a cathedral aisle. Its beauty seemed to strike the child dumb. She leaned back in the buggy, her thin hands clasped before her, her face lifted rapturously to the white splendour above….” “…. She came out of her reverie with a deep sigh and looked at him with the dreamy gaze of a soul that had been wandering afar, star-led. “Oh, Mr. Cuthbert,” she whispered, “that place we came through – that white place – what was it?” “Well now, you must mean the Avenue,” said Matthew after a few moments of profound reflection. “It is kind of a pretty place.” “Pretty? Oh, pretty doesn’t seem the right word to use. Nor beautiful, either. They don’t go far enough. Oh, it was wonderful – wonderful. Its the first thing I ever saw that couldn’t be improved by imagination…..” “… but they shouldn’t call that lovely place the Avenue. There is no meaning in a name like that. They should call it – let me see – the White Way of Delight. Isn’t that a nice imaginative name?”
Now, apart from the fact that LMM (as L.M. Montgomery shall be called from here on) is a stupendously amazing writer, and deserves to be praised forever for her spectacular characters and delicious descriptions and wonderful stories, there is the fact that I found a snippet from my beloved AoGG to use for my blog name! Did you see it? The White Way of Delight… Now, I have modified it to make it less misunderstand-able, and more relatable to the other topics. But the underlying message is still there. As I see it, writing and reading are delightful! They are truly gifts that give and bring delight to me and others. Writing is a way of delight for me, as is reading!
And then there is the third part of this whole naming process. As you probably know, I am a Christian. I want to follow Jesus my whole life, and I want my life to be totally transformed by him. I want to live life his way, following his direction for my life. There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about following and obeying God, and how doing so brings joy and life and hope and delight! Psalm 40:8 says – I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” That is the prayer for my life, that I would delight in following God, and that my writings would encourage others to do the same.
So anyways, that is the rather convoluted story to how my blog came to be named ‘The Way of Delight’, and if you’ve gotten this far down, I congratulate you highly! 😀