Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Whispers Of Our Past: Finding Louisa

Louisa May Alcott. Beloved author who created Jo March, my all time favorite character of any book I've ever read, who inspired me to become a writer at the age of 11.

I often find myself seeking Louisa out.  Trying to find Louisa.  I'm not entirely sure what that means myself, it's a feeling I can't quite explain, that comes and goes throughout the year, but especially as the seasons change or when I am struggling with my own writing. Recently I began trying to explore this feeling (via writing, privately).

I was so excited and overcome the first (and only) time I visited Orchard House, her most famous home, I was on the verge of tears from the moment we pulled up until well after leaving the house and later the cemetery where she is buried. Because I first visited Autumn (of 2008), I find myself wanting to make another pilgrimage north to the stunning Autumn of Concord, MA to visit her again each Autumn. Not possible in the literal sense, unfortunately, so I will take you with me through the photos I took in 2008. (Photos are not allowed inside the house).

(Author's Ridge, and the cemetery as a whole, is such a beautiful and peaceful place!)

Who/where/what are you drawn to? Do you know why?


Hedgerow Rose said...

Ohhhh I wish you could have taken photos of the inside but I understand why they have that rule. Still, it's wonderful of you to share these with us. Someday I would love to visit Orchard House, too!

Jo said...

I wish I could have too! I understand the rule as well but hated it at the same time. I thought maybe, just maybe I could take a quick pic of her writing area (I had a much smaller mobile phone back then, with no flash or sound to the camera) but those tour guides watch you like a hawk LOL!

Judy said...

What a neat place to visit. I love places like this and I too can understand why no photography.
I am drawn to Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I'm really not sure why.

Jo said...

So glad you stopped by Judy! Glad I'm not the only one who isn't sure why :-)