Reverb Broads: Of Course I Wanted to Be Jo March

In her Facebook post regarding this prompt, Kassie asked “I can’t be the only one who wanted to grow up to be Jo March?” And indeed, she is not. I so wanted to be Jo March that I moved to New England, went into education (as she does in Little Men and Jo’s Boys), and married my own version of Dr. Bhaer (think about it and you have to admit that there are similarities). So, yes, Little Women is definitely high on the list of favorite books I read as a child/young person. But I also love books to pick just one, so to the list we have to add anything about horses (Black Beauty, the Misty of Chincoteague books, etc. Seriously, I was obsessed with horses and books about them).

And, of course, Nancy Drew. I loved Nancy Drew. My allowance for a long time was $2 per week and Nancy Drew books cost $1.95. My father would take me to the department store every week where I would blow my allowance on a new Nancy Drew book. From Nancy I learned that ingenuity and pluck will get you through anything and that loyalty to your girlfriends is important. Really, what else do you need to know? I am still blowing my allowance on books and I still love Nancy.

Note: This is my response to the #reverbbroads11 prompt for December 9. Inspired by #reverb 10, #reverbbroads11 is online initiative to write on a variety of clever, interesting, silly prompts for the 31 days of December. The December 7 prompt is: “What was your favorite children’s book?” Via Niki Rudolph.

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