I just found out by clicking on the google doodle that caught my eye this morning, that today is Laura Ingalls Wilder's 148th birthday! I am so happy to hear this. I loved the television show, and for about two years, it was the only thing I watched. I also love the sweet books that the actual Laura wrote about herself and her adventures growing up and after being married.
But the reason I loved the stories and show so much is not the fact of the snooty Nellie Olsen, the pink dresses Laura wanted so dearly, and the antics of the huge loving family Laura grew up with, but it is because it brings us back to a simpler time, with no electronics, no Chinese takeout, or any of the luxuries we consider normal today. I love the family in the story so much, and in both books and television shows, the characters were so well developed.
So happy birthday Laura Ingalls Wilder, you brought joy to so many and inspired a lot of girls to write and be themselves. You also inspired a television show that delighted so many people for generations.
There also seems to be a new movie or play in production. I can't wait to see it!
Thanks for reading!