- How little they had or in any way needed
- How little waste there was in their lives
- How if they wanted something, like cheese, they had to *make* it
- How much more these little family moments mean, when we don't spend our lives chasing "stuff"
Though I found myself really looking for the story that wasn't told: Ma's. This book really could have been called "My Awesome Pa on the Prairie." I mean, yeah, Pa was awesome, for sure. He wasn't as hot as SuperDad or anything, but he could play the fiddle, so there's that.
But I wanted to hear about Ma's day too. I wanted to know if a midwife traveled to their house when her babies were born. I wanted to know how she washed and hung diapers in the winter. I just wanted more.
What I did learn:
- There were panthers in Wisconsin? (Cougars, I think?)
- How to smoke venison (that will be useful... never)
- How to make your own bullets (ditto)
Anyway, I'm challenging myself to get through the entire series (again) by the end of July. Anyone care to join me and discuss? Anyone? (and the crickets chirp...)