“I am beginning to learn
that it is the sweet, simple things of life
which are the real ones after all.”
– Laura Ingalls Wilder
This woman, this writer of real things, of simple, ordinary days, of frontier life, of chores and one room schoolhouses of family, struck a chord in me that still echoes.
A story of life in the woods captured my heart as seven-year-old and has held me prisoner ever since.
I made a mistake when I listed my favorite books. How could I have left off “Little House in the Big Woods“ by Laura Ingalls Wilder? That book changed my world forever. That book triggered my insatiable craving for words.
Every book since then must measure itself against this one book.
Some fall short with a thud. Others nearly reach the high standard set here. A few rarities exceed the mark.
If I could reach into the past and meet “Half-pint” I would hug the stuffing out of her. Thank you for your life. Thank you for writing it all down so well. Thank you for providing a key to countless worlds and lifetimes.
Sweet and simple. Real.
Laura Ingalls Wilder. Master storyteller. Writer. Woman extraordinaire.