Big Joy from Little House

As a kid growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, I like so many other girls read all the “Little House on the Prairie” books and watched the show religiously every day after school at 4 p.m. I mean who didn’t love Melissa Gilbert as Laura with her cute pigtail braids swinging as she ran through the prairie every day. I can still hear the theme music in my head as I write this. While the girls have not yet watched the T.V. show, (they’d much rather watch Wizards of Waverly Place) Erin especially is enjoying listening to me read a chapter every night. Heck, I even look forward to the nightly reading.

We’ve made it through four of the nine books, and are almost done with the fifth one, “By the Shores of Silver Lake.”

At times I think Erin may not really be listening or paying attention as I read night after night.  It’s taken months to get us to this point, but last night you would have thought her eyes were going to pop out of her head when I read to her that Almonzo was in the same town as Laura. She looked over at me, and said “Almonzo? Almonzo is back!” Writing this now doesn’t really do her sheer joy for this story justice. I mean this kid was SO excited about Almonzo returning. Just wait until she finds out that Laura and Almonzo are going to end up together and get married.

Erin’s on the verge of reading herself. She can sound out some two and three letter words and it’s a joy for me to see her near this milestone. Truth be told, it’s also a little bittersweet. I also felt this way with Olivia, and I’m sure when the time comes, I’ll have the same feelings with Carrie. As much as I want her to grow and learn, part of me also wants her to stay little so I can read to her every night. Yes, sometimes it is a chore, but most of the time it’s one of the best part of my days.

So until Erin tells me to stop reading, I’m going to keep doing. Good thing we have four more books.

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