Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Laura...

Today is Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthday. 


Laura Ingalls (not yet Wilder) in 1884
I have read and re-read the "Little House" books so many times, I've lost count. I have made Laura's Gingerbread Recipe on numerous occasions. I've always wanted to try grinding wheat in a coffee grinder from which to make coarse brown bread, so that I could better understand the privations of The Long Winter.

As a child, I wore a sunbonnet and played "Little House" in a playhouse my father built for me. The playhouse seemed large to my child's eyes, but I realize now that it was probably no bigger than a typical prairie claim shanty.

From Laura's books, I learned so much about what things were like in another time and place. And yet, I also learned that some things, like the love of family, are timeless. 

I think Laura explained it best:

"But the real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with the simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong." --Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

For the countless hours of reading joy and lessons learned, I thank you, Laura. 



3 comments:

SusieQT said...

I loved her too- I kept track inside the cover of the books how many times I read each one. I think I was up to about 7 times each; and that was for all the books, in order! I've got to go over to my folks' house and find them- my kids are just about old enough to start enjoying them.

Zootsuitmama said...

Still have my daughters, and was reading the Long Winter -amazing how they got through the long cold season with all their "put up" goods...and we panic when a couple inches of snow falls!

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