(Originally published: 9th November 2015.)
How many times have I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books? Too many to count already and yet I keep reading.
It seems to me that there’s much within the pages that has been lost in modern life. I don’t want to give up my Kindle, central heating or pizza on a Friday night but I do want to revisit the past and bring back into the present what’s helpful to me. I’ve noticed that (at least the first few of) Laura’s books each has a theme running through it and, at the moment, I’m re-reading looking for those themes and thinking about how to apply them to my life. I think of the project as ‘Reclaiming Little House’. I’m reclaiming a simpler, more purposeful and fulfilling way of life.
When I visit any of the Little Houses I see happy lives lived without my favourite vices and I’m encouraged to live without them too. Sometimes the idea lasts only until I turn the page. But sometimes the idea becomes endeavour and I move a step closer to where I want to be – sitting by the fire at the end of the day knowing that I’ve done my best.