"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
Today we're sailing to Concord, Massachusetts to visit the home of Louisa May Alcott and her classic, Little Women!
Learning about the real-life Alcott family who lived in Orchard House brought the March family of Little Women completely to life, because of course all the characters in the book were based on Louisa (or "Louy's") real family. From her impractical and idealistic transcendentalist-philosopher father to her genius mother to her brilliant sisters, Louisa's family was just incredible, and touring the house made me feel like I knew them all. We got to see May (or Amy!) the artist's sketches, which were everywhere from the cutting board to the walls - and Louisa's "mood pillow" which would be propped up or lying down to warn anybody coming in about whether or not it was safe to go up and chat with her. 😉
I believe the house passed essentially straight from the family and became a museum, so a lot of their original possessions are still in the house. It made it feel like they had all just gotten up to go for a walk and might be back any second!