Gilbert Blythe Is The Ideal Man For Me, And Here's Why

Gilbert Blythe Is The Ideal Man For Me, And Here's Why

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Gilbert Blythe. If I was asked to name my ideal man, that would be my unabashed answer.

If you’re an avid Anne of Green Gables fan like me, you wholeheartedly understand and support my admiration for Gil. He is just about the most perfect fictional love interest to ever be written into existence.

But no matter how dreamy, Gilbert is only that: a fictional character. So eventually I’d have to flex on my answer and say, “Well… I suppose I mean someone like Gilbert Blythe.”

And, with some illustrative help from the movies and Netflix series, I’d be all too happy to tell you why.

1. He Exudes Charm

Gilbert Blythe is a charmer. From the moment he enters the story, he’s already trying to woo Anne with daring winks and the epically-flirtatious braid tug.

Because he’s used to girls falling all over him with that kind of stuff, and honestly, he’s not wrong.

Even after he realizes Anne is not so easily impressed, he begins to lay on the charm in more meaningful ways (like when he tucks a tendril of Anne’s hair behind her ear and calls her Carrots in such a sweet tone).

2. He’s Good with Words

Gil is uber intelligent, and part of that intelligence is shown through his witty banter. Witty banter is paramount - who doesn’t want a guy who’s quick-witted and eloquent with words? He keeps Anne on her toes (and keeps the rest of us on the edge of our seat).

3. He’s Ambitious

Gilbert knows what he wants, and he’ll put in the work until gets it. He and Anne have an intense academic rivalry, and though Gilbert doesn’t take it very seriously at first, he admits that competition with Anne pushes him in his studies. In addition, he actively pursues his dream of going to medical school, despite the numerous setbacks he faces along the way. He’s also ambitious when it comes to love - a point better discussed later.

4. He’s Super-Duper Cute

The epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, Gilbert Blythe is nothing short of beautiful. From his unruly mop of dark hair to the defined set of his jaw to his teasing, roguish grin, Gil SHOULD be your ideal. He’s got a lot going for him.

5. He’s Tender-Hearted and Willing To Sacrifice for the People He Loves

Gil spent years away from school so he could take care of his ailing father, but that’s not the only way he sacrifices for others. He generously gives Anne his teaching position at the Avonlea school so she doesn’t have to leave home - even though he desperately needs to save up for medical school.

6. He Sees More Value in a Girl than What’s on The Outside

It’s supposed to be obvious that Anne isn’t the most beautiful girl in Avonlea, yet Gilbert is unyielding in his pursuit of her. Why? He knows that beauty is only skin-deep, and he sees so much more in Anne. He loves her for her intelligence, her spunk, her imagination, and her heart… and because of that, no one could be more beautiful in his eyes.

7. He’s Anne’s Biggest Supporter & Best Friend

Once he and Anne finally move past their rivalry, Gilbert shows just how dedicated he is as a friend. He and Anne go for walks and bike rides, study for exams together, and talk about nearly everything. And when Anne performs poetry at the White Sands Concert, Gilbert is the first one to stand up and encore, his head bobbing as he claps proudly. He would do just about anything to see Anne succeed.

8. He’s Honest

Gilbert isn’t afraid to share his true opinions. With Anne in mind, he tells his friends, “being smart is better than being pretty,” and he openly shares with Anne his ideas about her writing. He isn’t one to cover things up or tell you what you want to hear, even if it decreases his chances of being liked.

9. He’s a Persistent Romantic

Ahh, the creme de la creme.

Gilbert Blythe is the ultimate romantic.

His pursuit of Anne makes your heart patter from the start. He makes it a point to rescue her from nearly drowning, pick her up in his buggy, ask her to dance in the woods, and propose on the footbridge. And even after Anne dismisses his offer and he gets engaged to a different girl, he still knows he couldn’t possibly live without Anne.

So, like a true persevering romantic, he’s literally facing death when he breathes the most beautiful line: “There would never be anyone for me but you.” And just like that, Gilbert Blythe’s nature is summed up: you want someone who will wait for you, fight for you, and love you just as you are.

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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41 Thank-Yous To My Boyfriend Who Stood By My Side For Three Semesters And Graduation

Life will be scary and difficult sometimes, but as long as you're there to hold my hand, I know that I will always be OK.


These last several semesters at college, I've learned so much and I've changed so much, all because of one person. A person that came at a time when things were going downhill, and completely flipped my life around. I will never forget how terrible I felt before I met you, and how much better I am with you by my side. Truly, I don't know where I would be without you. And that's why it will always be impossible to thank you enough for everything that you have done for me.

But you do deserve to know how much of an impact you have on me.

1. Thank you for being my shoulder to cry on when I was struggling to get through this last semester.

2. Thank you for always listening to me rant about problems I was having with my friends.

3. Thank you for never getting tired of me talking about the same things over and over again.

4. Thank you for never acting like my past trauma was baggage or a burden.

5. Thank you for trying your best to understand and to be considerate of my anxiety.

6. Thank you for being patient with me when I take so long to process everything and sort out my emotions.

7. Thank you for dealing with my mood swings and intense emotions.

8. Thank you for never judging me over things I get embarrassed about.

9. Thank you for sharing your opinions with me, even when I didn't want to hear them, but I needed to hear them.

10. Thank you for opening my eyes to toxic behavior that I was blind to.

11. Thank you for always looking out for my health and well-being, and my future.

12. Thank you for helping me grow up and mature.

13. Thank you for always wanting to talk things out.

14. Thank you for making me feel important.

15. Thank you for giving me a reason to live.

16. Thank you for showing me what true love is.

17. Thank you for being my best friend and partner in life.

18. Thank you for breaking my walls down but never breaking a promise.

19. Thank you for keeping my heart safe.

20. Thank you for giving me endless reassurance.

21. Thank you for never making me worry about the fate of our relationship.

22. Thank you for always putting me first.

23. Thank you for being loyal and committed to me.

24. Thank you for all of the memories and adventures.

25. Thank you for never getting annoyed about taking photos.

26. Thank you for the best summer of my life.

27. Thank you for making college a much better experience for me.

28. Thank you for always putting a smile on my face.

29. Thank you for always catering to me and trying to make me happy.

30. Thank you for all the little favors you do for me and everything else you might think goes unnoticed (but trust me, I notice and I appreciate it so much).

31. Thank you for supporting everything that I'm passionate about.

32. Thank you for always making an effort to change.

33. Thank you for always forgiving me when I make (loads of) mistakes.

34. Thank you for being a good influence on me.

35. Thank you for being my role model and inspiring me to be more like you.

36. Thank you for the amount of time, effort, and love that you've put into our relationship.

37. Thank you for shaping my future.

38. Thank you for making me so hopeful and excited about everything that we are going to do throughout our life together.

39. Thank you for thinking that I'm worth it.

40. Thank you for wanting to get married, have kids, and spend your life with me.

41. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

Now that we've graduated, for the first time, we're dealing with the fact that we don't have a set path laid out for us. Real life is more than what we're used to. We might struggle to find jobs. Heck, we might find jobs but hate them. It might take forever to save up money. Things might not go according to how we planned them in our heads. We're going to have to juggle a bunch of different elements all at once. Life will be scary and difficult sometimes, but as long as you're there to hold my hand, I know that I will always be OK.

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