Bracken and I have so enjoyed reading ‘The Little House on the Prairie‘ series together, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Jeff loves listening too whenever he’s there while I’m reading a chapter aloud. Our whole family just loves them and I’ve mentioned before how dear those books are to me. We’re nearing the end of the series now. I had a bookmark in ‘The Long Winter’ because there was a song they sang together at the end that I loved. They had just been through a long and very hard winter and it was lucky the whole town hadn’t starved or frozen to death. If you need an extra dose of gratitude in your life, just read ‘The Long Winter’ and you will be feeling incredibly grateful in no time!
I’m amazed throughout all of the books the strength of character that Laura’s family had as they pulled themselves up from every hardship they faced. And throughout it all, they sang to lighten their spirits. Music helped pull them through. Here’s that song I love that I thought you might enjoy too. After they sang it, Laura wrote: “And as they sang, the fear and the suffering of the long winter seemed to rise like a dark cloud and float away on the music. Spring had come. The sun was shining warm, the winds were soft, and the green grass growing.”
“This life is a difficult riddle,
For how many people we see
With faces as long as a fiddle
That ought to be shining with glee.
I am sure in this world there are plenty
Of good things enough for us all,
And yet there’s not one out of twenty
But thinks that his share is too small.
Then what is the use of repining,
For where there’s a will, there’s a way,
And tomorrow the sun may be shining,
Although it is cloudy today.
Do you think that by sitting and sighing
You’ll ever obtain all you want?
It’s cowards alone that are crying
And foolishly saying, ‘I can’t!’
It’s only by plodding and striving
And laboring up the steep hill
Of life, that you’ll ever be thriving,
Which you’ll do if you’ve only the will.”