Little Women

Little Women

There's this part in the very beginning of Louisa May Alcott's  Little Women that has stuck with me for years. In a letter from the March girls' war-gone father (addressed to his wife), he says 

"A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted. I know they will remember all I said to them,

that they will be loving children to you,

will do their duty faithfully,

fight their bosom enemies bravely,

and conquer themselves so beautifully that when I come back to them

I may be fonder and prouder than ever of

my little women."