Learning from Laura
Some people buy self-help books or money-management books. Not me. I find financial advice in the childrens’ section.
You see, I have always loved, loved, loved
the Little House on the Prairie books.
I devoured them when I was about eight, and have re-read the series once or twice a year since then.
Over the last year, I’ve started to really identify with Laura and her husband, Almanzo, and admire the way they played the cards they were dealt.
For their entire marriage, they ran into bad luck and struggled financially. As farmers, they often had high hopes for a certain crop, only to have it be ruined by drought or hail.
Almanzo was always positive, saying that everything would work out. Even though Laura worried about bills and debt terribly, she always managed to adjust her attitude, be grateful for what they did have, and remain hopeful about their future.
I need to remind myself to take a page — literally — from Laura’s book.
It is always best to be honest and truthful
to make the most of what we have
to be happy with simple pleasures
to be cheerful in adversity
and have courage in danger
Things of real value do not change
with the passing of years
– Laura Ingalls Wilder