I have been a Jane Austen Fanatic since I was in my early 20′s and so now that I am in my early 30′s it has always been a dream of mine to have my daughters love Jane as much I do. I never wanted to push that love of Jane Austen to my daughters I just thought it would come. I have friends that daughters cannot stand Pride and Prejudice or anything regency, my heart races every time they say so.
To my surprise I was in the library with my children my oldest daughter almost 11, discovered Pride and Prejudice the Classic Illustrated version for children. Immediately she wanted to check it out, I was wishing and hoping she would love it. Oh and then my Jane Austen Dreams came true she loved it! Not only did she love it but she went on to read the adult/young adult book that I have on my shelf, my daughter asked to watch the movie. I have the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice we made a day of it, we only have 1 TV so I brought it out and we watched it in my room cuddled up with blankets, herbal tea and wonderful vegan popcorn! YES it was great then one by one my other children entered the room. First our youngest daughter 4, then all the boys, yes you read that right all our boys!
My daughter and I call ourselves Pride and Prejudice buddies. I gave her a matching locket after she was done reading her first Jane Austen book. The locket has a Jane Austen quote on it, I placed a picture of myself in her locket in my locket is a picture of her!
I have even found her and my youngest daughter playing Pride and Prejudice with their dolls! So I thought what a better birthday present than to take her to the play Sense and Sensibility. In our town we have a wonderful performance in August! It is a surprise as my children don’t get things this pricey usually on their birthday, however I got the cost of the tickets for 32 dollars each which is not over the top for just the 2 of us attending.
I believe that Jane Austen for young girls can teach them so much, romance has been lost in our world today with so many. Where else can you read a book about a couple that falls in love with no physical venture, a book where modesty is alive and well, a book were the lead character is strong and still gets a man who adores her! Thank you Jane for coming into my life and I get to share that love with my daughter!
My Jane Austen Dreams have come true……And so have my Daughter’s!