Noah-the-Pooh and I have been reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls (yes the same Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie). It is such a lovely book and Noah-the-Pooh is just loving every minute of it.
One of the things that I found interesting was how Laura Ingalls cherished the memories of everyday chores.
She describes in detail how much she enjoyed helping Ma make butter. I'm sure at the time Ma didn't think that her homemade butterpats with strawberry imprints were going to be one of Laura's cherished memories, but they were.
And when Pa was making bullets and cleaning his rifle oh so carefully, he sure wasn't thinking how this everyday chore was shaping his daughter's childhood, and later, her womanhood. But it did.
I've been thinking a lot about this lately, especially since I've been slacking on making sure the boys chores are done. Reading this book gave me a new perspecive on chores. Doing chores keeps the house clean and teaches life skills, as well as teaching character and creating lovely childhood memories.
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