Laura Ingalls Wilder was born today in 1867. As many of you know, she is the author of The Little House On The Prairie series of books.
When I was a girl those stories were the first I'd read about women being strong and surviving by using their strengths. I also was in love with the pioneer lifestyle. My Grandmother made my sister and I prairie bonnets and aprons to dress up in. Of course when the TV show came out, I cried every week watching the drama.
Her stories taught me about learning to live with the earth and to celebrate the smallest things. They also taught me about devotion to family. I think all children today would benefit by reading her work, especially now when times are hard from some of them.
You can read more about her at Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum.