Dear Laura Ingalls Wilder,
I used to take a lot of things for granted before I read your book. I never once thought about how easy it is to go and buy everything you need at a store. The way I thought about a lot of things changed after I finished the last page in Little House in the Big Woods. I used to think my daily life was hard with homework and every once in a while, chores. Now I see that I was very wrong. As I read your book and listened to Pa's tales by the firelight, I realized how worried I would be if my father went into the woods hunting for food and never came back out. I wouldn't be able to call him because cell phones weren't invented yet. I would just have to wait and worry.
The way you described the woods and the miles that stretched around the log cabin scared me. It would be hard to live in the woods all alone with neighbors living miles away. Only you weren't alone, you had your family! Even when you heard wolves howling outside you knew Pa would keep you safe. Now houses are built a lot stronger and I have never heard a wolf howl, also you have to drive a while before you even see woods. Before now I have never realized how much the land has changed.
The way you had to help Ma every day with chores made me realize how lazy kids are now. All we have to do is help out with chores like clean our rooms, not things that were as tough as your chores. When you described the little log cabin and how happy you and your family were with it made me think, the world has become a very greedy place. Some people are never happy with what they have, but you were. You were happy to have a corncob wrapped in a blanket for a doll. This makes me appreciate what I have and give thanks for my good fortune. Thank you for opening my eyes to the past.