My daughters and I watch the movie 'Little Women' starring Susan Sarandon every Christmas, and it is a novel that I have read several times. I love the relationship between the mother and her daughters and am blessed to experience something similar with my girls. I also appreciate that the author, Louisa May Alcott, was raised in a home with transcendentalist parents whose core beliefs were in the inherent goodness of nature and people. I love that Louisa was a feminist and abolitionist, attributes that I have always admired in others. She spent much time in the company of family friends, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, where she received some of her early education. I also take heart in the fact that though she experienced absolute despair over not finding success in her work, she continued on and eventually created 'Little Women'. Something that I believe we can all hold on to.