'Little Women:' A story of gratitude in a time of thanks

Brent Northup

Little Women

BBC 2017; stream on Amazon

“When we feel discontented, we must think of our blessings, and be grateful.”

Those reassuring words from “Little Women” belong in our prayers around Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has only one purpose: to be grateful.

Not grateful “to someone,” or grateful “for something,” but simply – grateful.

It’s a gift to be alive each day, knowing tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Today we leave current films behind to be grateful for Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women.”

The book begins with the four sisters “knitting away in the twilight amidst the December snow.”

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“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

“It’s so dreadful to be poor!” sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

“I don’t think it’s fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all,” added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

“We’ve got Father and Mother, and each other,” said Beth contentedly from her corner.

In the book’s saddest scene, the ever optimistic Beth would bravely face her own death.

“Well now,

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