75 years ago today a big fat book was published. It was written on a Remington typewriter at a little desk in front of a little window by a little woman named Peggy who lived in Atlanta and was recovering from a car accident.
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret “Peggy” Mitchell, won the Pulitzer Prize two years later and later was transformed into a American film classic of gargantuan proportion.
I love Gone with the Wind. I remember watching the movie as a kid and covering my eyes during the Atlanta fire and marveling at Scarlett’s famed 18″ waistline (that corset scene still makes me laugh! How she managed to eat eggs after that I would love to know).
As an adult I picked up the book and, despite being intimidated by it’s weightiness, thought I’d give it a shot. I couldn’t put it down! From the lovely parties thrown at Wilkes Manor to the dirt and potatoes of poverty, Scarlett makes you love her, hate her, and love her again. She is one of my most perplexing characters in the literary world. “After all, tomorrow is another day,” she frequently laments.
Here are a few ways to spend your weekend in honor of the 75th anniversary of Gone With the Wind:
Or learn how to sew curtains! This is going to be on my list of things to do shortly. Everyone remembers the scene in Gone with the Wind where Mammy transforms the living room drapes into a marvelous dress for Scarlett so she still looks nice and rich when she visits Rhett in jail.
2. Make sun tea!
I know I”m a Yankee and all, but I know Southerners love their sweet tea. I don’t think I’ve ever had sweet tea, but I love sun tea! Or maybe my goal should be to try sweet tea? Don’t they serve that at McDonald’s now?
Some of you may be scratching your head with this one. We tend to only remember Scarlett the southern belle. The one fluttering her eyelashes and making boys bring her cakes while making googlyeyes at Ashley Wilkes. While that character is a quite glamorous, Scarlett spends most of her time in the book taking care of Tara (her family’s plantation, for those who haven’t read the book) by farming the land and tending to animals. After all, thanks to Pa, the concept of land is a major motif throughout the book, so taking care of the land I shall do.
4. Read it, Silly!
Or you could always honor the anniversary the good ole fashioned way – pick up the book and start reading.
Or you could just watch the DVD… “after all, tomorrow is another day.”