Hosted by Katie @ Never Not Reading and Darque Reader Reads, “Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and will now be hosted by Katie. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl. Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and I will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!” — Katie
I found this to be a particularly hard subject, truthfully. Picking just one is proving a challenge for me. But as I thought about it, I went to one of my favorites. I picked Little Women. I especially loved Jo and Marmee’s bond. Marmee understood her daughters, knew each was different and she gave them all sage advice and I just adored it. Whilst it was the 1800’s and there were expected roles, however, she knew that each girl had their own path before them. She never was harsh, she was firm in her own gentle way.
Jo, being my favorite, and Marmee’s relationship was special to me. Marmee knew Jo dreamt of being a famous author, of finding her place in the world and she encouraged it. Even though Jo was the strongest of the girls, she knew that Jo would sacrifice her own happiness for the betterment of her sisters. She is isn’t a major character, not one of the four girls, but she is a character who no one should ignore. Marmee is the core, the heart. Were it not for her advice and guidance in their youths, they would not have grown to be the women they were. And bear in mind, she was also dealing with her husband being away during the war. She didn’t have it easy–at all.
I have always loved Susan Sarandon’s performance as Marmee, so I picture her when I read the book. I know this is a short post, but it sums it up perfectly. Marmee is such an integral part of Little Women that it’d be hard to speak of it without mentioning her. I like to think there was more to her than met the eye. I think she was like Jo but with Beth’s sensibilities, Amy’s passion and Meg’s heart and aches for better lots in life.
Whatever she may have been in her youth, as a mother, Marmee is simply aces. ❤
“Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your faults.”
“Our burdens are here, our road is before us…Now, my little pilgrims, suppose you begin again, not in play, but in earnest, and see how far on you can get before Father comes home.”
“Work is wholesome, and there is plenty for everyone. It keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.”
“If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that’s all that you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind: Your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage.”
“Don’t be troubled, Meg; poverty seldom daunts a sincere lover.”
My favorites have always been these two.
“Oh, Jo! Jo, you have so many extraordinary gifts; how can you expect to lead an ordinary life? You’re ready to go out and – and find a good use for your talent. Tho’ I don’t know what I shall do without my Jo. Go, and embrace your liberty. And see what wonderful things come of it.”
“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”