“We’d never get anything fixed to suit us if we waited for things to suit us before we started.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder,
Happy Birthday, Laura Ingalls Wilder, beloved pioneer girl of children’s literature. She would have been 150 years today! (February 7, 1867 – February 10, 1957)
Did you know that Laura and her only daughter, Rose, worked together on the Little House and the Prairie books? A real life mother/daughter writing team. Rose, a writer and journalist in her own right, encouraged her mother to write her memoirs for children as well as becoming her editor over the years. It’s also likely that Laura got her famous talent for detail and description by telling her blind sister, Mary, about the world around her.
She certainly helped younger generations of children imagine what life was like in the lives of American settlers, and surely more than a few adults. My daughter and I recently shared the book together. She was fascinated, of course, and we were both very impressed with how much WORK was involved at the Ingalls homestead/household. I tried to use that as a bribe for chores: “What would Laura Ingalls say? Setting the table would be so easy for her! After all, she helped her father build a house!”
“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then. It is not the things you have that make you happy. It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good.” —Laura Ingalls Wilder