145 years ago, on February 7, 1867, Laura Ingalls was born in the "Big Woods" in Wisconsin. But she's best known for her time living on the Kansas prairie. Her story has always resonated with me. She was so brave -- she is one of the strong women I try to emulate.
Did you read the Little House books when you were younger?
Or maybe watch the television show?
I remember watching the shows off and on, but never really got into them. And I don't have any memories of reading the books at all. Which doesn't mean I didn't read them. I have a terrible memory for books. And I read similar books, like Caddie Woodlawn and Anne of Green Gables, which makes me think I at least read a couple.
That said, I have a great fondness for my idea of them. And I know I bought the romance of frontier living. I loved daydreaming of living in a cabin and being completely self-sufficient. Heck, I still have that dream from time to time.
When I was in college (the first time), my parents moved to Kansas. During my breaks, we would travel around the state visiting historic sites and points of interest. But we never made it to the replica house showing where the Ingalls family lived when they were in Kansas.
I am intrigued by the longevity of these novels. I believe they have made a resurgence in popularity with the movement to return to a simpler way of living - crafts, sewing, gardening, preserving, etc.
I have long thought about reading the entire series. I imagine there is plenty of inspiration for young women, and girls. And it would certainly fit in with my goal toward more sustainable living. Maybe I'll make my goal between now and her 150th birthday in five years.