Monday, March 24, 2008

Hope for our daughters

"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, 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...I'd rather see you poor men's wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace ... Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands."

--Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

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