When I was ten, my grandparents gave me the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House series as a Christmas gift. I remember reading the books in the back of their suburban as we traveled to Yellowstone and back the following summer. I read all the books except Farmer Boy (for some reason I didn’t think I would like it because it was about a boy). The books then sat on my bookshelf in excellent condition … waiting.
They sat there all through my teenage years, through high school and college. When Aaron and I got married, the books followed me to our apartment and then to our house in Mt. Pleasant. During one of our times eliminating clutter, Aaron suggested I redistribute the Little House series. My response was something like, “are you kidding me? I’m planning to read these to our daughter someday.”
And then one day, we had a daughter. A few days later I started reading her books. Day after day, we read books together until one day she was ready for her first chapter book.
Early one morning in June 2008, Kayla and I sat together on our front porch bench as the sunshine warmed our legs. We started Little House in the Big Woods, and before I knew it, Kayla was hooked. Sequentially we worked through the Little House books, saving Farmer Boy for last, since I didn’t think we would like it.
Well tonight we finished Farmer Boy, which means we have now finished all nine books of the Little House series. One thing I learned: I was wrong! I loved Farmer Boy! What a treasure I missed as a child because of my erroneous thinking and unwillingness to give it a chance. The last chapter was absolutely outstanding!
To show how much Kayla has loved these books, I thought I would include this:
She informed me the other day that she would like a new set of Little House books since hers have fallen apart. That way, someday, she can read them to her little boy or little girl.
Note: One thing I forgot to mention is that we intentionally planned to finish Farmer Boy today. Were he still alive, today would be Almanzo’s 153rd birthday! Aaron and the girls even had a breakfast birthday party for him this morning while I was getting my hair cut. 🙂