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the comfort of familiarity.

I've noticed that familiarity either breeds one of two feelings: boredom or overwhelmingly-wonderful nostalgia.

I made a great discovery just now: Little Women is on.  Not only have I always wanted to play Jo March on stage someday (it could still happen, right?), I instantly find my childhood self on an Ohio horse farm nestled under a quilt accompanied by marshmallowy hot chocolate, my blonde little sister and my lovely grandparents.

It's funny how something as small as a familiar movie can remind me of such sweet memories.  This incredible movie and even better book, instantly reminds me of how blessed I am to look on childhood with such happiness and warmth deep in my heart. 

And then Jo goes and says something like this:

"The wonderful thing about a good book is...
it makes you feel like you're home."

Gosh, I love her.


Beth Slater December 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM

I love that you love Little Women, too! That is the first chapter book I plan to read with Cecilia in a few years. I still remember reading it for the first time in the 4th grade and running out into the kitchen to yell at Ma Quinn that "Jo HAS to marry Laurie, right?!" You know, it's been a whole year since I've read that. Might be time to pick it back up again... Enjoy your memories, Ash. :)

Jenna December 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

hahaha so cute! i know parents never know what they want! :)

just found your blog.


Shannon Olson December 18, 2011 at 12:42 PM

At least your family is giving you some sort of suggestions hahah I get no help!

Laura Nelson December 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Little Women is perfect this time of year :)!

Pink Sun Drops December 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

I am adding you to my reader solely for that quote alone. I have noticed that time and time again, yet never put words to it. Now to turn those boredom ones into overwhelmingly-wonderful nostalgia.