Laura Ingalls Wilder is one of my heroes.
Over the course of my life, I’ve gained wisdom from this great lady.
As a child I enjoyed her Little House on the Praire series, as an adult I’ve enjoyed her other collections.
Her simple yet profound outlook on life was really beautiful.
A little of her domestic wisdom I’ve enjoyed:
“Oh no, I never do much ironing, except the outside clothes.
We must not iron out the fresh air and sunshine, you know.
It is much more healthful not to, the doctors say.
Seriously, there is something very refreshing about sheets and pillow slips just fresh from the line, after being washed and dried in the sun and air. Just try them that way and see if your sleep is not sweeter. ”
“Vices are simply overworked virtues, anyway. Economy and frugality are to be commended but follow them on in an increasing ratio and what do we find at the other end?
If we overdo the using of spare moments we may find an invalid at the end,
while perhaps if we allowed ourselves more idle time we would conserve our nervous strength and health to more than the value the work we could accomplish by emulating at all times the little busy bee.”
“It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties.
It keeps them from being so tiresome;
besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. “
“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and
have courage when things go wrong.”