Saturday, May 3, 2014

Lessons Learned From Little Women

Old Shirley Temple movies , black and white musicals with Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, and swashbuckling adventures with Errol Flynn. If you haven't taken the time to sit down and enjoy some of these old treasures, I encourage you to do so. They are fun, full of humor, tender feelings, and amazing dance steps.

Today I came across an article  from the Huffington Post written by Claire Fallon. The writer has analyzed the wonderful old movie "Little Women" - the version starring Katherine Hepburn (another of my favorite old time actresses). She goes through 13 essential lessons this classic movie, adapted from a book by Louisa May Alcott, can teach us.

1. No matter how hard it may be, try to forgive.

2. Don’t give in to jealousy; there will always be someone with more than you of whom to feel envious. 

3. Giving is a greater joy than receiving. 

4. Fine feathers often hide not-so-fine birds, so focus on what's underneath rather than external elegance. 

5. Figure out what you’re good at and stick to it.

6. Everyone, even young ladies, should know how to support themselves.

7. And amuse themselves! Even without wireless Internet and cable TV.

8. Keeping house is hard work, but the results are worth it. 

9. Don’t get into debt for no good reason. 

10. Don’t obsess about dating. 

11. Love is a wonderful thing... 

12. ... So be careful who you give it to. Compatibility is more important in marriage than passion. 

13. Family should come first. 

Good advice here. I appreciate Claire Fallon pointing that out to me and other readers.


American actresses Jean Parker, Joan Bennett (1910 - 1990), Spring Byington (1886 - 1971), Frances Dee (1909 - 2004), and Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003) sew in character on set as the March women in a still from an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's book 'Little Women' directed by George Cukor, 1933. (Photo by RKO Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images) | RKO Pictures via Getty Images

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