|An inside view of the Little House on the Prairie in Kansas.|
This past June, I took Oma and my two younger girls to Kansas. I invited my older children but they just looked at me and said in teenage nonchalantness, "What's in Kansas?"
Why! there's the Little House on the Prairie of course. My younger girls were thrilled.
Kansas is a lovely state and I ask that you offer a prayer of thanksgiving for those folks next time you sit down to supper. That's our farm state...that and Oklahoma (and I suspect Nebraska too).
In the video above, there was a hornet at the doorway earlier, so the girls were hesitant to go in again.
Here the girls stand by the well and remember the story of Mr. Scott's ill-fated decision to climb down into the well without checking for gas with a candle first.
The old post office was neat, especially impressive for my girls since their Opa is a retired postmaster. Scarlet O'Hara remembered her Pa smelling of horse leather and cigars. To this day I remember Dad coming home from work and hugging me up into a "paper" smell...of envelopes, stamps, and paper. Perhaps that's why I love books and became a writer.
And there is an old schoolhouse from that era that was moved onto the grounds:
And DQ still speaks about the thrill of following the Indian trail where Laura watched the little papoose baby being carried away out on the high prairie.
Of course, the gift shop was the most fun. I didn't get a picture of the white clapboard house where the gift shop is stored but it was a quaint old house where we picked up this Laura doll (I really wanted Annie to choose the Charlotte doll but little girls are very certain of which doll they want to bring home).
Meanwhile, DQ was determined to take home this cute little covered-wagon. I had to hold to my grit and repeatedly inform her that it was out-of-the-budget. What on earth is a budget?, says the American born and raised child who is blessed in abundance.
So I took lots of pictures of the wagon from every angle so her daddy could make her one. One day...
Yes, the tootsie rolls are free. :)