What would Anne have called it?
Lilacs are prolific this spring.
Woodlands, roadsides and edges of fields are dotted with dark-lilac lilacs,
light-lilac lilacs and bright-white lilacs.
White lilacs? I’ve only just learned of white lilacs.
In nearby woodlands, I wander on paths edged with fragrant lilacs.
I’m reminded of Anne of Green Gables, one of my favourite children’s books.
I wonder aloud,
“What would Anne have called this path?”
Would Anne call it, “Lilac Lane?” No. Too ordinary, like Diana’s Birch Path.
Lovers’ Lane… of Lilacs? No. She has a Lovers’ Lane already.
Lovely Lane of Lilacs? No. Lovely is not specific enough. But loveliest?
Loveliest Lilac Lane? No.
Luscious Lilac Lane? It’s a luscious fragrance that wafts by. Anne didn’t use ‘luscious’ – but she she learned ‘scrumptious’ the day of the picnic.
Lavish Lilac Lane? Luxurious? Luxuriant? No. But. lilacs are plentiful, pretty and pleasantly perfumed…
Longing lilacs? or Lingering lilacs?
Linger. Lilacs linger – especially in warm, spring weather. The fragrance lingers. And certainly Anne likes to linger…
Yes. That’s it… Anne may have called this path, Lane of Lingering Lilacs.
What do you think?
What do you think Anne would have called the lilac framed path?
Montgomery, L. M. (1908). Anne of Green Gables. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart-Bantam (Seal Books).