The mother and the two daughters together read all the books in the Little House series, which fast became the girls' favorite books. After they finished all the books, the oldest girl read them again on her own, time and time again. She loved the pioneer setting, and liked to imagine herself as a fiesty tomboy in a dress like Laura Ingalls, even though she wasn't at all like Laura. She loved to read about how Ma made maple candy from syrup and snow, and she liked the pictures of Pa and his fiddle. She tried to read Braille like Mary learned to do, and imagined owning a set of name cards like Laura got when she was a teenager.
Fast forward to Friday, when this little girl is now a grown woman. She has to go to a dental convention mixer in Sioux Falls. Between her house and Sioux Falls is a place called Walnut Grove, where Laura Ingalls lived when she was a young school girl. The events of her life from that time became the book On the Banks of Plum Creek.
I had to go. Jim was nice enough to agree to make a detour to see whatever I wanted to look at. We left early enough in the morning to make a slow travel day get us to Sioux Falls in time to shower and dress for the mixer.
|The historical marker on the side of the road|
|Plum Creek almost directly across from the dugout house site the Ingalls lived in for a while|
|Jim walking down the path that used to be the dugout roof.|
Outside there is a small area with some buildings dedicated to teaching about life during the 1870s.
|A parlor organ that the public is invited to play. Yes, I took them up on that offer. I had to pump the air with my feet. I want a parlor organ.|
|A replica school house. This place was the size of most sheds these days.|
|The sod house was even smaller.|
I am going to have to get the books out and read them again.