A Little Women Birthday Celebration

The days are long, still the years are short.

I always notice this most closely with each child’s birthday.

If there is anything we can do as homeschool mamas, to create memory-rich (& literature-rich) special celebrations, like my oldest daughter’s twelfth birthday, let’s do it.

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Madelyn and I planned the details for weeks. We printed a play from Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women so the young ladies could get into costumes and act out the play together.

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We rented period costumes at the local Pandora’s Box. We dressed the table in florals and creams, washed my china and made fruit tarts, a bundt cake, and cucumber tea sandwiches.

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Without sharing the theme with Hannah, the birthday girl, we watched the 1990’s flick the night before, paying attention to details.

At twelve, our Hannah is growing up, becoming a little woman herself. Particular Little Women quotes popped to mind as I thought of her…

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.

I’ve got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I unlock the door remains to be seen.

I know my twelve year old self would have appreciated:

You don’t need scores of suitors. You need only one, if he’s the right one. 

And a lesson I’m learning right now:

Don’t try to make me grow up before my time.

Childhood is a journey, not a race.

If I’d only understood when it all began twelve years ago that childhood is a journey, not a race, I might not have been so quick to forge my way through the sleepless night stage, the tantrum twos (or threes, or fours), or the sassy fives.

But how was I to learn the important things of life without the lessons children teach?

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It’s Monday morning, the party weekend is over.

I have counters of dishes to put away, loads of laundry and studies to start, and mangled gift wrap to pick off the floor.

I think I’ll get my morning coffee and cuddle close with whoever is awake and relish these little women, and young man, while I have them.

Some days are long, still the years are short. So make the memories large.

Teresa Wiedrick, author of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer

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