It's Laura's birthday. In the Big Woods of Wisconsin, she was born 146 years ago today. I'm quite certain that she never would have believed that she would have such a following who would be celebrating, not only her birthday, but her words.
If you're here reading this then you are more than likely a reader of the Little House books. Maybe you've read them once, maybe you've read them more than once (in many cases, waaay more than once). Perhaps you watched the tv series, which lead you to the books. Or you could be a book purist.
Whatever the reason, here you are and we're happy that you're celebrating with us!
And we can't celebrate Laura's birthday without a present! We'd love to have you share your favorite Laura-ism. What's your favorite Laura quote, story, song, or passage from the books? Share (just once please) in the comments below and a week from today we will choose a comment and one of you will receive a pint of maple syrup from the Big Woods of Michigan.
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa's fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming in his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.
She thought to herself, "This is now."
She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago.
-Little House in the Big Woods, Chapter 13 - The Deer in the Wood
UPDATE: Sarah Sue here. I just wanted to tag in and remind people about the podcast tonight. Hope you join our Laura birthday podcast.