Wow, how fast has this week gone by? I've been a bit too busy formatting files and creating book covers to do much blogging this week, (plus you know, there are the usual dramas surrounding my life, a complete lack of sleep, extra hours at work ...) Anyway, the good news is I'm online now and it's time for Feature and Follow Friday, a weekly meme hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkie's View designed to help book bloggers meet and connect. This week's all important question is:
Q: This Sunday in the U.S. is Mother's Day. In celebration, what are some of your favorite books with strong mother/child relationships?
Strangely enough, I was thinking about Little Women by Louisa May Alcott while I was on my way home from work this evening and the relationship that Marmee March has with her daughters. I like the way that she treats all four of her daughters as individuals and allows them to grow and blossom. In Australia, Little Women is published in two volumes - the first, leading up to where Mr March returns from the war is titled Little Women. The second volume titled Good Wives, where three of the daughters marry (Beth of course, dies young,) has a wonderful part in it, where Jo (my favourite of the March sisters) tries to reconcile with the fact that she will probably die a spinster. Marmee offers her these words of wisdom:
"There are plenty to love you, so try to be satisfied with father and mother, sisters and brothers, friends and babies, till the best lover of all comes forward to give you your reward."
Marmee is, of course, right. Jo eventually marries a German man and finds her niche, running a boarding school. It just takes her a little longer than her sisters. Now, I don't think that all woman should have to marry or that people who are married are automatically happier, but I love the suggestion here that in life, all things do eventually fall into place and that sometimes we just have to be patient and think of the good things we already have until then.