We interrupt our regularly scheduled broadcast to give you your monthly installment of Thoughtful Third Thursday.
In June, we celebrate our Favorite Childhood Read and, after much brain perusing and memory lane walking, I finally committed to one book.
DIGRESSION: I always have a hard time when people ask me for my favorite anything because there’s all this pressure. Your “favorites” define who you are as a person but since we all know what a quintessential indecisive Gemini I am, my answers all really depend on my mood/who’s asking/what planet is in retrograde at the time.
I’ve been spending too much time living in the serial world. I think I’m overdue to highlight a standalone book. So even though my earliest memories of reading are of Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins and Barbara Cartland novels (more on the latter later), I dub Little Women by Louisa May Alcott my Favorite Childhood Read.
Why? Because, despite its simplicity, idealism and a propensity for Puritanical preaching, I truly found a kindred spirit in Jo March. Of course, everyone wants to identify with the indisputable heroine of the novel, but there really was something about her abrasiveness and stubbornness masking a good heart that spoke to me. Also, her love for words and books, her flouting of convention, and her propensity for writing in a lonely garret read like a biography of me in my pre-tween years.
And her journey from headstrong hellion to capable adult became a road map for me when I went through that painful transition from pampered Filipino gentility to independent American middle class.
Jo never surrendered her spirit but managed to temper it with the wisdom of experience and age, and I still look to her to this day to guide me and inspire me.
My outfit today exemplifies all that I admire in Jo March. The pairing of neon with traditional plaid speak of her tendency to defy convention. The sensible loafers represent the practicality and reliability she acquired later in life. And the whimsical bird print not only symbolizes the inner child she managed to nurture well into her tenure as matriarch in Little Men, but also showcases the first of the following quotes I picked out for your reading pleasure.
“You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone.”
“I want to do something splendid…something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it and mean to astonish you all someday.”
“Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…”
“I keep turning over new leaves, and spoiling them, as I used to spoil my copybooks; and I make so many beginnings there never will be an end.”
“I like good strong words that mean something…”
And now it’s your turn – what is your Fave Childhood Read and how would you wear it? Click on the blue froggy below and tell us all about it!
: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Merona @ eBay
Cardi – GAP
Skirt – Land’s End
Loafers – Naturalizer
Thank you for your patience with this interruption.
Thrilled for Thursday will be back next week.