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Great site! I really like it alot!
I have just discovered your site and am enjoying reading your past posts. I have always wondered something and perhaps you have some insight-why did Laura never go back to see Ma and Mary? Why did she not attend the funeral? I realize she had a busy life and was very much needed at home and travel was a big expense, etc. etc. Why didn’t Mary or Ma ever come to Rocky Ridge?
Thank you for your kind words, Chris! I can only guess at the answer to that question–I don’t know if anybody knows for sure. I’ve even wondered if Laura went back for Pa’s funeral (she was there when he died), why didn’t she come back for Ma or Mary. But, from what I have read, she received word that Pa was dying, so she hurriedly made the trip. I don’t know if the same opportunity afforded itself for either Ma or Mary. Going to South Dakota from Southern Missouri would have been quite a task, and one the Wilders probably could not afford at that time. And remember that Almanzo suffered from side effects from the stroke his entire life. I don’t think it had anything to do with ill feelings towards her mother or sister. In fact, in some of the articles she wrote for the Missouri Ruralist, she writes about how much she missed her gentle mother and sister. Laura and Almanzo, when they could afford it, did manage to travel to the Dakotas and saw Grace and Carrie. And Carrie visited them on Rocky Ridge. Your question is a good one, and I will post it on my facebook page to see what others have to say. If you haven’t Liked my page, do so and see if you get any more insight. –Marie
I just discovered your page too. On the show, Laura more than once quotes Ralph Waldo Emerson saying that Pa reads his writing to them at night. I haven’t read a single book of Wilder’s yet, but I’m looking for quick information. Did he read RWE to them? Any idea if he read Thoreau?
Sarah, Glad you found my site and hope you return! Laura herself was a voracious reader and loved to read and write poetry. I don’t recall Pa reading Emerson to the girls, though. In the book “Little Town on The Prairie,” Laura tells how she stumbled upon a Christmas present Ma had hidden away for her which was a book of poetry by Alred Lord Tennyson and had the poem, The Lotos-Eater, in it. Hope this helps.
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