Sunday, March 30, 2008

Louisa May Alcott

There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind. from Little Women

To The First Robinby Louisa May Alcott, age 8 (1840)

Welcome, welcome, little stranger,

Fear no harm, and fear no danger;

We are glad to see you here,

For you sing "Sweet Spring is near."

Now the white snow melts away;

Now the flowers blossom gay:

Come dear bird and build your nest,

For we love our robin best.
My book came out; and people began to think that topsy-turvy Louisa would amount to something after all...
-Louisa May Alcott, 1855

Surely dear father some good angel or elf dropped a talisman in your cradle that gave you force to walk thro life in quiet sunshine while others groped in the dark...
-Louisa May Alcott to her father, November 28, 1855