In the process of unpacking all of our boxes and boxes of books, I came across Louisa May Alcott’s recently published (1999), supposedly “newly discovered,” The Quiet Little Woman. It is actually a volume of three short Christmas stories. I spent Sunday afternoon reading it, which I found to be sweet and simple…a quick and easy, delightful little read. This particular sentence from the first story really jumped out at me:
“Two or three small lads rioted about the house making much work and doing very little.”
That’s it! That word, “riotous,” is the adjective I have been looking for for quite some time to describe my three little lads. I’ve come up with “rowdy,” “tumultuous,” “wild,” even dubbed them “Tazmanian Devils,” “hurricanes,” and “tornadoes.” But Alcott’s wording summs up exactly what my boys were doing that very not so quiet Sunday afternoon as my husband and I were trying to read. Though all of these words carry some negative connotation, you must understand that I use them in jest. Boys are sweet and darling in their own ways, see here, and I wouldn’t trade mine for anything. And or course, even the mellowest of girls do come with their own “words:” “emotional” and “dramatic,” for a start (I would know, I am one).