Thursday, June 14, 2012

Inspire Me: Almanzo Wilder

Here's the quote:

"What do you take me for?  Do you think I'm the kind of a fellow that'd leave you there at Brewster's when you're so homesick, just because there's nothing in it for me?"


Here's some background:

Laura Ingalls was away from home for the first time, teaching school for 8 weeks.  The "Brewster's" was the home she was boarding in and it a was horrible place to stay (in the previous chapter the wife pulls a butcher knife on her husband.)  Each weekend for the past 5 weekends Almanzo had made the 24 mile round trip with his horses and sleigh to pick Laura up and bring her home.  But on the return trip the 5th weekend Laura made it clear that while she appreciated his kindness, she was not interested in him at all.

Then, the next weekend, despite her lack of interest, he makes the trip again while it's 40 below zero!  And this is what he says:

"What do you take me for?  Do you think I'm the kind of a fellow that'd leave you there at Brewster's when you're so homesick, just because there's nothing in it for me?"

That's inspiring.  That's the kind of man I want to be and the kind of man I want my boys to be.


Do what's right and good even when there is nothing in it for you.




(Quote from "These Happy Golden Years" by Laura Ingalls Wilder, p77.)

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