Little Women was a formative part of my childhood and, if I know one thing about myself, it’s that I’m a total Jo.
I would absolutely cut off my gorgeous hair to financially help out my family. It’s just that one time a hairstylist told me I have “a face for long hair” and I’ve thought about it every day since. Listen, pixie cuts aren’t for everyone. So, you see, I simply can’t cut off my gorgeous hair to financially help out my family. But let’s say my dad was injured in the Civil War and my mom needed money to visit him? I totally would cut my hair in a very hypothetical way that’s not real.
Much like Jo, I’m an unabashed tomboy. I wore a baseball cap once! I borrowed it from my boyfriend to wear to a baseball game, which was the most boring thing I’ve ever done and I’ll never ever do that again. But if you looked at the Instagram post where I’m wearing a baseball cap, I bet you’d think, “Hey, that girl loves running around outside with the boys.”
This one time my best male friend asked me out and I, with Jo’s iron will and desire for independence, turned him down. Eventually. After three years of dating where we slowly grew to hate each other and ruined our whole friendship. But then I turned him down. After he cheated on me. I wrote a very firmly worded email to send to him, which is still in my drafts folder. Such a “Jo and Laurie” moment!
If you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll tell you that I have Jo’s signature temper. When I was given the wrong salad at Sweetgreen this week, I made a fist and shook it in the air in a bathroom stall back at my office. “Oooh, I’m so mad,” I said to myself, in my head. I ate it, even though I’m allergic to chickpeas. I still have a small rash that I’m ignoring because my health insurance sucks. Although not addressed in the novel, I bet Jo also had health insurance that sucked.
Inspired by the March sisters, my sisters and I would always put on plays when we were younger. Like Jo, I came alive onstage! Sure, I was too shy to speak in front of an audience, but doesn’t it seem like a more realistic artistic decision for a cat in Cats to sit silent and unblinking on an armchair instead of singing and dancing? Jo was always committed to her art.
Jo had an undeniable passion for writing, and I’m no different. Jo was driven to follow her dream of becoming a famous writer by spending every spare moment writing stories at her desk in the candlelight. Similarly, I often consider opening a Google doc while watching The Great British Baking Show under a SAD lamp.
Yes, sure, I have contracted scarlet fever twice and got Beth on four different Buzzfeed quizzes, but please, just take my word for it. I’m a Jo, okay?