Monthly Letter from the Editor

Dear lovely Germies,

The year is marching on (get it?), and with a new month comes a new book theme! This month, we’re inspired by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s novel, A Little Princess.

Protagonist Sara Crewe is a bright young girl from privilege who soon finds herself orphaned, poor, and abused. (Spoiler for those who are worried: things turn out just fine for Sara.) The main theme that sticks out to me in this story is incessant kindness.

When she was rich and carefree, Sara never forgot that others didn’t have that advantage and needed help. Then, even when she was mistreated and banished to live in the attic, she still only ever treated her abusers- and everyone else- with respect.

In my opinion, Sara’s kindness was her greatest strength. Anger and resentment is easy (believe me), but to be kind and loving to anyone and everyone takes a kind of courage not many people have mastered.

So, Germies, I want to encourage you (and me) to be a little more like little Sara Crewe. One of my favorite sayings that I have to constantly remind myself of is “take no sh*t, but do no harm.” Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself or what you believe is right, but do so with respect, love, and of course, kindness.

Make it a great one, Germies!

Social Media Director
Associate Editor