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I used to love the Michael Landon series and he will forever be who I think of when I think of Pa Ingalls! But the books came into my life much later. My first exposure was when I was homeschooling my daughter and we read them as part of our curriculum. That was many years ago. But I’ve re-read them on my own ever year!
My family and I were at a thrift store last year, the kind where there are lots of “hidden treasures”. Meaning it’s the kind where there’s junk piled upon junk piled upon junk! If you wanted the piece of furniture everything was sitting on, I don’t know how you would actually buy it because they’d have to move so much stuff off it! Anyway, I didn’t see this set, I walked right past it, but my eagle eyed daughter saw them. She knows how much I love reading these books. Usually I just check them out of the library, although I had started looking for them to purchase and had found two hardcovers. I’d seen sets like this on ebay but the bidding always went to high for me. So I was doing a happy dance when I saw the price and they came home with me.
There are so many lessons that we can learn from these books. They really did “Use it up, wear it out, make it do”. Ma Ingalls worked hard, Pa Ingalls worked hard, the children all had chores and expectations for behavior. They had fun family times enjoying simple pleasures. When times were hard they banded together and worked through it. Sometimes I think these books should be required reading.
“It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder