Toronto Mike

They Weren't Little Girls Anymore...

My youngest is five, but only a couple of months away from turning six. She's growing up fast, and today I looked at her with great sincerity and said...

You're not a little girl anymore, you're a little woman.

That line, of course, is me paraphrasing Moe Szyslak as he read from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. Here's the actual line, as read brilliantly by Moe...

And then they realized, they were no longer little girls: they were little women.

It was only when the 2019 movie adaptation of Little Women came out that I bothered to actually confirm that this was the last line of Alcott's novel about the four March sisters. Spoiler alert: it's not! The Simpsons made it up, and I lived decades without realizing I'd been duped.

I watched that 2019 movie adaptation of Little Women and quite enjoyed it, but I've yet to crack open the novel. It would just be too disappointing to get to the end and not find that brilliant line.

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