I just finished reading Little Women for the third time. This time, I realized what a gem this book is. I read it twice as a kiddo, but I suppose I was too young to appreciate the message Louisa May Alcott tenderly weaves into the lives of the March family. Here’s some of what I “got out of” this go around with the Marches:
From Marmee: “Learn to know and value the praise which is worth having, and to excite the admiration of excellent people by being modest as well as pretty.”
From Mr. March: Little girls too quickly become Little Women.
From Laurie: Never underestimate a strong headed woman whose spirit is only surpassed by her love for those around her.
From Mr. Lawrence: Gruffness is often a disguise for the heart of a saint.
From Meg: Being patient and “blooming where you’re planted” will reap a happy reward.
From Jo: Being feminine does not mean being boring. It’s OK to be stubborn and spirited. In fact, it makes life more interesting.
From Beth: Putting others above yourself leaves you much richer in the things that matter than always prioritizing your own needs and desires.
From Amy: Lessons are not just in the schoolhouse. They’re in the great masterpieces, the sisters’ actions, and that obnoxious parrot your aunt keeps.
I’ll have to pick up Good Wives soon, for I feel as though I have left four dear friends lost in the pages of Little Women!
What are your favorite lessons from this classic?