Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Go and and enjoy the day--I know many of you are mothers (children and pets alike!) and also, that many of you often look at your books as your children too!

I found this excerpt from one of my favorite books of all time, Little Women, which reminds me of my own Mama J, who gave me very similar advice when I was young:

from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

'Mother, do you have "plans," as Mrs. Moffat said?' asked Meg, bashfully.

'Yes, my dear, I have a great many; all mothers do, but mine differ somewhat from Mrs. Moffat's, I suspect. ...

'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 of it as 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.

'One thing remember, my girls; mother is always ready to be your confidante, 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.'


  1. I think that's pretty much what every mother wishes for her child, but the sentiment is much more eloquently expressed!
    Happy Mother's Day to all!

  2. My son will be leaving for the AF soon, so yesterday, my daughter and son and I went to the medieval faire held north of us every spring for one last year. To me, that's what being a mother is all about. Making memories that we will cherish forever. :) We had a blast!

  3. Just had a lovely breakfast in bed prepared by my husband and kids. They go all out!!

    Yes, LMA perfectly sums up our fondest wishes for our children. Nice touch on Mother's Day, Danielle.

    Enjoy the day with Mama Jackson!

  4. Wonderful excerpt for the day.

    Happy mother's day to everyone!

    My plans are to get some sleep after working all night. Then we are going to have dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant followed by "Star Trek" on the BIG Imax screen! I am totally stoked!

  5. Happy Mother's Day! We're going to the movies today - can't wait to see Matthew McConaughey!

  6. So true, Danielle!

    I may not be a mom except to fur, feathers and scales, but I've been adopted by enough kids. :}

    Judge Judy always likes to say a boyfriend may not be around in five years, but your mother will always be there.


  7. Ooh, Star Trek Sharon. I'm jealous. But my oldest son did promise me a phone call, and the youngest called yesterday.

  8. One of my favourite books and movies and what I am sure we all wish for our children.

    I had a fantastic Mothers Day with all of my family excellent day

    Happy Mothers Day to all

    Have Fun

  9. I spent the day with my Mom, and I feel lucky to still have her.

    What always strikes me about history is how different it all would be if history's mothers had had the same philosophy as Marmy (that's what the girls called their mother, IIRC?). Who, then, would the Prince Regent have married, and Napoleon, and all the various kings and dukes? How would it have changed history?