The New Year  

“I am happy, very happy tonight for my five years work is done, and whether it succeeds or not, I shall be the richer and better for it, because the labor, love, disappointment, hope and purpose, that have gone into it, are a useful experience that I shall never forget. Now if it makes a little money and opens the way for more, I shall be satisfied, and you in some measure repaid for all the sympathy help and love that have done so much for me in these hard years. I hope Success will sweeten me and make me what I long to become more than a great writer—a good daughter. And so God bless you, dear mother, and send us all a Happy New Year.”

~Letter, to her mother from Louisa,
 accompanying the newly published Moods

"The New Year opens most beautifully to me with all my dear ones in good health, & each busy & happy in their own peculiar way. Father with his school duties books & newspapers, Lu, her quiet room & writing, Abbie earning her living pleasantly among kind friends & the gaity so congenial to her fun loving nature. Mother is rather lonely & finds her kitchen & workbasket tiresome at times, but is well, happy in her children’s success & happiness, & finding much comfort & rest in a home of her own."

~Anna Alcott Pratt’s Journal,
 January 1861


More Wit and Wisdom from the Alcotts

January The New Year
February Valentine's Day
Black History Month
March Women's History Month
April The Promise of Spring
May / June Wedding Blessings, Wedded Bliss
July / August Nature and Gardens
September Education and Schools
October The Wisdom of Little Women
November Birthdays
December Christmas

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