Saturday, April 30, 2016

She had the knack …

… Simplicity: Review: William Anderson (Editor), 'Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder' - Washington Free Beacon. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Her prairie stoicism—a mood and a morality nearly vanished even from the Western states—proves interesting, as well. “Though you are far away and speak a different language,” she wrote in 1948 to a group of Japanese schoolchildren, “still the things worthwhile in life are the same for us all and the same as when I was a child so long ago. Things of real value do not change with the passing of years nor in going from one country to another. … It is always best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures, to be cheerful in adversity and have courage in danger.”

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