These Happy Golden Years, Chapter Almanzo Goes Away | Beyond Little House
As readers of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books know, courting was a special time in Wilder’s life—a time when the set of her clothes and the condition of her hair were especially important to the young Laura Ingalls. The same is true in Pioneer Girl, where Wilder lovingly. Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder was a matron of sixty-five, neat and tiny—about four feet Almanzo and Laura started courting when she was fifteen. .. She may have been the first to invoke the term “libertarian” (it dates to the. —Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder . wagon, when Laura was still a girl, up to her marriage to Almanzo Wilder at age eighteen. .. this website is not being maintained and the information it displays may not be up to date.
Quinn Medicine Woman style — complete with sex in the great outdoors near a burned out old shanty.
Back to the chapter… At the beginning of Almanzo Says Goodby, Laura returns to school with the beautiful garnet ring on the first finger of her left hand.
Not used to having anything so nice and feeling a little shy about being engaged, she hides the ring. But, when Laura looks over and sees that her best friend, Ida, has her own engagement ring from Elmer, her reservations fades away and she shows Ida the ring.
As Laura, Ida, Florence, Minnie and Mary Power animatedly discuss the upcoming nuptials, there is also a hint of what choices women had at the time. While Mary Power assumes that Laura and Ida will quit school now that they were engaged, they both stand firm on finishing, and Laura will also get her teaching certificate.
Are you going to teach for a while? Why do you suppose I got this ring? Laura will take a job to support her family and perhaps save some for her life with Manly.
This next bit of patriarchy confirms this when Pa tells Laura that he saw Almanzo at the blacksmith shop who asked him to pass along a message to her.
This could be because they lived in a small town where the men bumped into each other often, it could be because they were friends first and Almanzo saw nothing wrong in telling his soon-to-be father-in-law. Carrie and Grace get pretty excited about the idea of going riding, but Laura feels oddly empty and Wilder repeats the refrain of how much Laura had looked forward to those Sunday drives.
Almanzo leaves Pa and Royal at the stable and comes to the kitchen door and asks Ma if he can speak to Laura. So, the modern reader in me is kind of ticked at Almanzo by this point.
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Almanzo Wilder - Wikipedia
I asked her, as I had always wanted to ask her, what the deal with Almanzo Wilder was? Pantry that was my initial takeaway.
- These Happy Golden Years, Chapter 24: Almanzo Goes Away
- Almanzo Wilder
- Almanzo Wilder: A “Very Special” Perfect Young Man
I got home and googled him, finding sepia-toned daguerreotypes of a Paul Walker looking stud-muffin. Laura Ingalls Wilder nailed this down? When I got home, I finally filled a cavern in my cultural education and downloaded the Little House books. And, in traditionally quirky Rachel fashion, started at the place one should never start: The First Four Years.
And I got him in his pantry-building splendor. There is something addictively beguiling about the rudimentary claim shanties, something so heart-wrenching about the gamble and gamut of a bad crop, something so uplifting in the spirit of women and men who tried and tried again. Into this, Laura sprinkles the everyday.
Here, she bids you, come and have coffee-maker-ground wheat bread and watery tea and maybe even some cod drippings and listen to how we lived in a SOD CAVE by the banks plagued with mosquitoes.
When a Man (like Almanzo) Goes Courting—1876
Here, want more dripping? I can weave you a crazy Lizzy-Borden-in-embryo tale of these weird ass people who I think might be killing each other with knives. So, I read more.
But much like those late-to-the-ship Game of Throners who whine that they now have to wait for the next Song of Ice and Fire book, I know I have not paid my dues. I know that I am coming to the party at an opportune time just as the book releases.
Seriously, if Laura had written eighteen more books like These Happy Golden Years I probably would re-read them to shreds. I only needed Almanzo: I wanted the sleigh rides to go on forever: That, too, is part of the charm.