My theme for the A to Z Challenge is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Laura Ingalls Wilder was the author of the Little House books and there was a television series very loosely based on the books. I began reading the books when I was eleven years old (which even I have a hard time believing is over 40 years ago!). If you would like to read about my feelings about Laura, visit this site. I have also listed helpful sites and blogs in my sidebar if you would like to learn more.
Q is for Questions.
When I finished reading the Little House books the first time through (and the second and third etc.), I had questions. Well, one big question: What happened next?
I soon discovered The First Four Years, which apparently was not a part of my elementary school library’s collection, then I found On The Way Home. They answered some of my questions. In the early 70’s, there just wasn’t a lot easily accessible of information out there. I remember once when I was doing a school report on Laura Ingalls Wilder, I visited our public library to look through the encyclopedias. I found one short article and a small photo of an older Laura. That only fueled my curiosity!
Through the years, I got busy. We moved and I had horses and they took over my life for a while. Then I became a young mother and motherhood consumed me for the next 25+ years as I devoted myself to parenting and volunteering as my daughter and son grew up. Oh sure, I read the Little House books to my children and would re-read them myself yearly. I even remember seeing a little blurb in the paper that a man named William Anderson was going to be at our local museum to talk about Laura Ingalls Wilder. Well, that caught my eye! I had already discovered the books that he had written, so off my daughter and I went to see him. What a highlight!
For the most part though, I learned what I could, when I could, and left it at that.
And then came the internet. I started searching for what I could find about Laura. As my parenting duties became less demanding, I spent more time getting some of the answers to those questions. I met other people who knew the answers to those questions. And they became my friends. And I was able to finally meet those friends in person in 2010 at the first ever Laura Ingalls Wilder conference of its kind called LauraPalooza.
I thank these many friends who did all of the research that I wish I could have done. They have certainly answered so many of my questions. But there is more to learn and I intend to learn it! I can’t wait till this summer’s LauraPalooza!
There are still so many “Laura questions” with no answers. What is the one Laura Ingalls Wilder-related question that you wish you knew the answer to?
|If you are reading this, you may understand the emotions I felt
as I was standing on those steps.
Rocky Ridge Farmhouse – Mansfield, Missouri
**Join me and many other Laura fans at LauraPalooza 2012 (the
second-ever Laura Ingalls Wilder Conference), which will be held July
12-14, 2012, in Mankato, Minnesota. For more information visit Beyond Little House and look for the heading “LauraPalooza 2012”. The pull down menu will have all of the information that you are looking for!**