Hi, how have you been? Me...well, the less said the better about Friday through Monday. My hormones went completely nuts and hijacked my tear glands. I was such a JOY to live with.
There is no rational explanation for such behavior, but part of it is that I am in limbo with the whole decision to substitute teach. I haven't gotten any calls yet (it's only been three days since I was fully approved) and I feel like I'm not focused on teaching OR on staying home. I am the kind of person who likes to have A Plan, and until the Plan goes into effect, I am a mess. Especially when those special womanly hormones are involved.
Let's talk about something else. I'm rereading Little Women, which was one of my absolute favorite books when I was a child. I chose it because I needed something nice and old-fashioned and (mostly) funny. And I still like parts of it, but some of it is super annoying because it is so preachy in places. Not to mention how frustrating it is that Alcott had to tame Jo, forcing her to give up her tomboyish ways, and make her a conventional "little woman" who fit the "proper" societal roles.
The afterword mentions what "some readers consider the bitterest literary disappointment of their lives: Jo's refusal of Laurie." As a romantic young girl, I simply could not believe she wouldn't marry him. So of course I didn't like the rest of the book. Spoiler alert, if you've never read it: Laurie marries Amy, Jo's younger and more feminine sister. I never liked Amy. And it was impossible for me to view Professor Bhaer, whom Jo married, as a love interest, with his bushy beard and phonetically rendered German accent.
Now I learn that Alcott wasn't happy about having to marry her characters off. She wrote, "Publishers are very perverse, and won't let authors have their own way. So my little women must grow up and be married off in a very stupid style." I get the impression that Alcott would have rather let Jo remain a single writer, as she was herself. How interesting that women who lived a hundred and forty years ago were trying to create different roles for themselves than the ones society offered.