Collecting Peace: A Kindred Spirit

Her father called her “Little Tranquility”, and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and love.
— Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

I've been saving this lovely Puffin in Bloom edition of Little Women to read in my new home. I imagined being on our worn leather couch, Christmas tree lit up beside the fireplace, celebrating the long awaited move with a familiar comforting book. Plus, the setting of the story starts at Christmastime. I like reading books which compliment the current season.

But of course the home remodel took longer than expected. So in the last days of March I finally opened the pretty pages to read about the March women- Mrs. March, Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy.

As I began to reread this childhood favorite, I instantly warmed up to the characters and found myself adoring them all- especially Beth;

"Beth who firmly believed that her sisters were gifted with wonderful genius in all things."  -Little Women

She soaked up the diverse personalities of her sisters. She appreciated the added richness and color they brought to her little world, all the while carrying on with her music, her knitting, and her simple daily chores that seemed to never end.

" 'Each of you told what your burden was just now, except Beth; I rather think she hasn't got any,' said her mother. 'Yes, I have; mine is dishes and dusters, and envying girls with nice pianos, and being afraid of people.' Beth's bundle was such a funny one that everybody wanted to laugh; but nobody did, for it would have hurt her feelings very much." -Little Women

"It's naughty to fret- but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world. "-Beth March, Little Women

Oh the comfort of finding characters in books as well as real life friends who reflect your own heart, opinions, or personality in some way. 

Of course we need friends and family who are different from us too but it is a gift to find a kindred spirit. So for me one way over the years that I have collected peace is through reading stories of characters I relate too. 

It can be their situation, their personality, or their faith in which I connect. 

Feel free to look on my recommended read page if you are looking for what you might like to read next.

Little Women (Puffin in Bloom)
By Louisa May Alcott