She loves it.
Ben tries to love it too.
My parents read these books to me as a child; I read them to myself again a few times, and then, memorably, as a newlywed in the Deep South in the process of becoming a homemaker. Now I am thrilled to be reading them through my children's eyes.
Not surprisingly, I am more focused on Ma, as recalled by Laura. I am awed by Ma's iron strength cloaked in manners and femininity. I know how Pa's restlessness is going to drag the family around in the upcoming books. I know the deprivations coming. Yet she is capable, firm, cheerful, and polite in the face of it all. . . as seen and remembered by Laura. What did a pioneer woman like Ma hide from her family? Maybe I'm too modern when I imagine that she had something to hide, some bitterness or fear to submerge. In general, I am inspired by Ma as I face my own challenges which do not include marauders, panthers, malaria, and starvation. Brava, Ma!