hand lettered book cover from angel b lee
Last week I finished Little Women. I wouldn't have bothered getting to the end of those 1,112 pages unless I loved it. (I loved it.) It's the perfect cheery read for Christmastime. I wanted it to go on forever. There are a handful of film versions of the story already, but please someone make a new one and make it at least 6 hours long!
As I was reading, I kept thinking how wise Marmee was. I love that she loved Jesus and taught her little women to go to Him as their best Friend. I adored every noble speech she made to her girls. Full of simple, applicable truth. For sure, she must be the smartest mom in all literature. I want to be just like her! This book made me even more thankful for my invaluable gift of a daughter. A little lady to mold and enjoy and be my sweet companion. She already has such delicate, careful little ways and is a delight to our home. I made a whole bunch of highlights to remember the great things Mrs. March told her girls. Here's just a few of them...
"Keep cheerful as well as busy, for you are the sunshine-maker of the family, and if you get dismal there is no fair weather."
"There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked, even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty."
"Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty."
"Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another."
Can't wait for the mothering ahead of me.