Every Sunday evening, I spent in front of the TV in order to see how Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert were going to make me cry. The second installment of my Monday series, Books That Inspire is the Little House on the Prairie series. These books are some of my mother’s favorites, and I remember her reading them out loud to me.
Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about what it was like to grow up in an America with less than fifty stars on a flag, and before automobiles and skyscrapers.
If I summarized how these books influenced me, I think I would respond that they made me feel as though with hard work and ingenuity, man could accomplish just about anything he set his mind to. The stories of survival in a once very wild America instilled within me an awe and reverence for the pioneer. I loved to imagine what it would have been like to live here before all of our modern day conveniences. I couldn’t imagine a world in which one could be so self-sufficient.
The relationships in the book were ideal to say the least. I didn’t realize this until my second or third reading. Ma struggled to be the always supportive, submissive wife. The girls obeyed their parents and learned to work out their differences even with the ever-snobby Nellie. Many of the moral and relationship themes are timeless.
These books also create a healthy interest in the time in history when their were still skirmishes with Indians, a growing railroad and new and when modern inventions were arriving at an alarming rate.
Tell me, which Little House book or story was your favorite?