Sunday, March 15, 2015
Little Women Read-Along: Jo Meets Apollyon (Ch. 8)
Ouch. This is a painful chapter for me. A really good one, but painful. First, I feel Jo's horror over losing her book so keenly, because I have lost writing before, thanks to computer glitches or whatever, and oh, that's awful. And second, I have a temper, just like Jo. I have spent my life trying to control it, like she does, and I'm afraid I'm not nearly as good as Marmee at keeping a lid on my anger. So I get convicted by this chapter, reminded that I need to pray for help more often and work harder at not losing my temper.
Actually, that whole part at the end, where Jo is astonished to learn Marmee also has a temper -- that scene played out in my house last week. My son Sam is seven and also has a pretty fierce temper, and as I was putting him to bed after a particularly difficult day, his request for what to pray about was learning to control his temper. So we prayed about that, and I prayed about help with my temper too. Afterward, he said, "Mommy, do you have a bad temper?" And I explained that yes, I've been working to control it all my life, just like him. And then this afternoon I was reading this chapter and going, "Whoa! It's exactly me and Sam!"
It seemed a small loss to others, but to Jo it was a dreadful calamity, and she felt it never could be made up to her. Beth mourned as for a departed kitten, and Meg refused to defend her pet (p. 68).
The knowledge that her mother had a fault like hers, and tried to mend it, made her own easier to bear and strengthened her resolution to cure it (p. 72).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Marmee said it was easier for her to control her temper for her daughters' sakes than for her own. Do you find it easier to overcome a fault if it helps someone other than yourself?