If you aren’t familiar with the “Little House” books and/or TV show, this post contains a spoiler.
I’d seen the “Little House” books in the library for years, but somehow I’d never gotten around to reading them. And then I read “The Story Behind Modern Books”, by Elizabeth Rider Montgomery. One of the books she wrote about was “Little House In The Big Woods”.
I can’t remember exactly what she wrote, but I do remember that it made me want to read the books.
So why have I named this post “I’d Like To Apologize To Mary”?
Well, to be honest, I didn’t like her very much in the earlier books.
Like Laura, I found her “good little girl” behavior annoying… I didn’t blame Laura one bit for wanting to slap her sometimes.
And then I read “By The Shores Of Silver Lake”. At the beginning of the book, Laura Ingalls Wilder told how everyone in the family except Pa and herself had had scarlet fever, and Pa didn’t know how he was going to pay the doctor’s bill.
And then, the sentence that broke my heart, and probably the hearts of many other readers.
“Far worst of all, the fever had settled in Mary’s eyes, and Mary was blind.”
I closed the book, and yes, I admit it, I cried.
I wished that I could tell Mary I was sorry for the unkind feelings I’d had about her.
But I think that’s when I learned to think kindly of others, because so often we don’t know what troubles they may have had, be having now, or will have in the future.