In line of the upcoming Mother’s Day, I would like to share an excerpt from Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. It’s such a thoughtful conversation between Marmee and her two daughters, Meg and Jo, that I decided to share this. Please take time to read it (especially you, young ladies, out there) and indulge in its charming message.
I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good; to be admired, loved, and respected, to have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send. To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman; and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. It is natural to think of it, Meg; right to hope and wait for it, and wise to prepare for it; so that, when the happy time comes, you may feel ready for the duties, and worthy of the joy. My dear girls, I am ambitious for you, but not to have you make a dash in the world, — marry rich men merely because they are rich, or have splendid houses, which are not homes, because love is wanting. Money is a needful and precious thing, — and, when well used, a noble thing, — but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace. — Marmee
Poor girls don’t stand any chance, Belle says, unless they put themselves forward. — Meg
Then we’ll be old maids. — Jo
Right, Jo; better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands. Don’t be troubled, Meg; poverty seldom taunts a sincere lover. Some of the best and most honored women I know were poor girls, but so love-worthy that they were not allowed to be old maids. Leave these things to time; make this home happy, so that you may be fit for homes of your own, if they are offered you, and contented here if they are not. One thing remember, my girls, mother is always ready to be your confidant, father to be your friend; and both of us trust and hope that our daughters, whether married or single, will be the pride and comfort of our lives. — Marmee
I hope you enjoyed this and found it as insightful as I did. Happy Mother’s Day!