I have picked this book up many times, but I keep getting distracted and do not finish reading it.
When my DH read the book he seemed to hint at something going wrong at the end, so I read it in anticipation of a sad ending. It did not end sad at all. Maybe I got confused and he was talking about little britches, that one ends sad.
I really love the natural education of little sister. I love how she has so many poems of the McGuffey readers memorized. I purchased the McGuffey readers and we have had fun with them so far. Also inspired by little sister, we have been having allot of fun with poems in our homeschool. We read and memorize poems in our devotional. And now my kid s have started writing their own poems. We have been having allot of fun with this. I posted their poems on their blog.
I love how well trained the characters of little sisters family are. I cant get over this remark by mother"with all of our twelve never has there been one who and nine months of age did not stop crying if it's father lifted his finger, or tapped his foot and told it to." Goodness I need to work on my 2yo more.
I also LOVE the conversation that Mother has with Mr. Pryor it truly inspired me on womanhood. Mother is a great womanly example in general.
Speaking of her husband to Mr. Pryor
"But he is the whole of the kingdom, and the King to boot."
"Lucky man!" he said (Mr. Pryor) "All of us are not so fortunate."
This reminds me to always talk about my husband in the most positive way to people outside of our family. Especially to other women in the church talk very positive about my DH, because they are married to husbands, and they will tell what I say. And my DH will have dealings in the church with their husbands.
Mother speaks about educating her children to Mr. Pryor "From the start we have rigorously guarded our speech and actions before them. From the first tiny baby my husband has taught all of them to read, write and cipher some, before they went to school at all. He is always watching, observing, studying: the earth, the stars, growing things; he never comes to a meal but he has seen something that he has or will study out for all of us. There never has been one day in our home on which he did not read a new interesting article from book or paper; work out a big problem, or discuss some phase of politics, religion, or war. Sometimes there has been a little of all or it in one day, always reading , spelling, and memory exercises at night. He has a sister who twice in her life has repeated the Bible as a test before a committee. He, himself, can go through the New Testament and all of the Old save the books of the generations. He always says he considers it a waste of gray matter to learn them. He has been a schoolmaster, his home his school room, his children, wife and helpers his pupils; the common things of life as he meets them every day, the books from which we learn."
Well there is a great quote about how to educate your children if I have ever heard one :).
Oh, I love this section there is still more to quote.
"Before any daughter has left our home for one of her own, she has been taught all I know of cleanliness about a house, cookery sewing, tending the sick, bathing and dressing a new born. She has to bake bread, pie, cake, and cook any meat or vegetable we have. She has had her bolt of muslin to make as she chose for her bedding, and linen for her underclothing. The quilts she pieced and the blankets she wove have been hers. All of them have been as well provided for as we could afford. They can knit, darn, patch, tuck, hem, and embroider, set a hen and plant a garden. I go on vacation and leave each one to keep house for her father a month, before she enters a home of her own. They are strong, healthy girls; I hope all of them are making a good showing at being useful women, and I know they are happy, so far at least."
Wow how I do wish I spent more of my childhood learning to be a mother, instead of shipped off to school and missing all of the daily rhythm of the household.
There is also a great quote where she talks about how she makes her home as beautiful as possible but I can not find it right now.
Books like these makes me long for the old times. And inspires me in new ways to bring what was good about those days back into my life today.