BUT ENOUGH CONTEXT, BACK TO THE POINT. I WAS OBSESSED WITH LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE (more accurately called THE LITTLE HOUSE BOOK SERIES) but even more accurately I was obsessed with Laura Ingalls Wilder - the writer and main character of the stories.
Well it was a book series about a pioneer family from the late 1800s and I read them with my mother in the mid-1990s so there were no figurines or posters or modern style merchandise to collect - so it wasn't like that. (But truth be told had there been a Laura Ingalls Barbie, I would have wished for it for xmas.) What it was like, family summer trips were dedicated to tracing the paths that Laura and her family took in the covered wagon but I went with my parents, kid brother in a Chevy SUV. I've been to every house that Laura ever lived in, almost all plots of land that were major scenes in the books are places I dragged my family. When we went to my cabin I would pretend that I was Laura and my family were rugged out doorsy people who hunted their food and twisted hay into tight bundles for the fire in order to stay warm and alive.
LIBERTARIANS on the PRAIRIE | a book by Christine Woodside
LAURA | A GROUNDING THEME
ROSE | THE HIDDEN GEM
My Dramatic Conclusion to these Ramblings
In 2017, I am going to try to be more like Rose Lane Wilder. I am going to let me my voice be heard and read. I am going to continuously educate myself and dialogue with others about my beliefs. I am also committing myself this year to bipartisan friendships where we can both learn from one another and love one another for our differences. I may know a lot of things about Laura and Rose that I didn't before but that doesn't mean I love them led or that my fantasy friendship is led valid. When you learn more about a friend it brings you closer together. I have more understanding and empathy for these women, this family, than I did before. So glad I picked up this super nerdy read.