Saturday, July 28, 2012

Simply a Supermom: "Jo March's Marmee"

It has been a very fun experience to listen with  my daughter at night to Louisa May Alcott's highly autobiographical novel: "Little Women" and share its beautiful stories.
I was touched by this little speech by the heroine, Jo March, having a discussion with her mother about how her mother felt when the father of the little family left for the War:

"I gave my best to the country I love, and kept my tears till he was gone. Why should I complain, when we both have merely done our duty and will surely be the happier for it in the end? If I don't seem to need help, it is because I have a better friend, even than Father, to comfort and sustain me. My child, the troubles and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many, but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom. His love and care never tire or change, can never be taken from you, but may become the source of lifelong peace, happiness, and strength. Believe this heartily, and go to God with all your little cares, and hopes, and sins, and sorrows, as freely and confidingly as you come to your mother." Jo's only answer was to hold her mother close, and in the silence which followed the sincerest prayer.

I was touched with the supermom example of this mother as she patiently took time to help and listen to a daughter who wad struggling from the consequences of her temper. This mother listened well and then used wisdom gained through her own experience. To counsel and guide her precious daughter.

Be Inspired,
Janelle Joy

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