Sunday, December 5, 2010

orchard house

On our trip to Boston we went to Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott. Louisa wrote Little Women, one of my favorite books as a young girl.

It was so amazing to see where she lived and hear stories from the guide about her life. My favorite part of the tour was seeing her desk by the window where she wrote her books. Very inspiring.

It's a great experience to see the home of someone you look up to, it makes them more real, and more normal. It cuts away at their idol status when you see that their life is not always too different from your own. They just ran with their ideas and dreams, something that is not always easy to do.

This side trip was definitely encouraging to me as I've been dreaming about stories again (and hoping to write that novel one day). I just need to sit down and write, write, write.

Seeing Orchard House the day after Thanksgiving reminded me that is time to break out my Little Women dvd. I don't know what it is about that film, but I absolutely love watching it at Christmas time.

I am very grateful to my husband Tim and brother Isaac for making it possible for me to see Louisa's house. My brother kindly drove us there and waited for us while we took the tour (he had already been on it), and Tim made sure I got to see and hear everything about Louisa (even though he hasn't read the book yet:-)

If you are ever in Concord, and you love Little Women, go see Orchard House. It's well worth the trip.


  1. I really like this. I heard recently that it's a waste to care about literature and authors and Americana and things like that because they're a waste of time. heck to the NO I say! I'm so glad God created us to enjoy beauty. like see their houses and stories and things...

    "whatEVER is lovely, whatEVER is beautiful..."

  2. Thanks Karen! I totally agree, this world was created beautiful, by the most amazing Artist of all time. We create for a reason. Appreciating the lovely and beautiful everyday, amen to that!

  3. So cool! My sister played Jo in the musical play "Little Women" last year... Now I'm wanting to break it out and watch it again. :)