I left a comment:
What an absolutely lovely, lovely entry. I was born three years exactly from the day Laura died. She was my best "literary friend" growing up Rio, in Brazil. I was young and I still remember the day I went to my dad's study's huge National Geographic wall-map, and after an exhausting search, I found "South Dakota" and "DeSmet"! I realized the story had really happened! I will never forget that moment. I loved every book and "grew up" with Laura. I still have the Portuguese editions where I carefully colored Garth Williams' wonderful illustrations. Irony of ironies, I came to the USA for graduate school, met my husband who is today a professor at South Dakota State University! How perfectly delightful to know that Laura was admired by the great Hilda Van Stockum, whom I have read aloud to my own kids! I believe I was one of the first to blog on her death as it is a common search hit on my blog.
I've also written on my love for her books. Laura Ingalls, and Hilda van Stockum, are the ones who inspire them to write. I have written a children's book about the popular Marian devotion in Brazil and just this Valentines' day my dear husband said he'd like to help me publish it. Life in this world is made so much nobler because of authors such as your dear Mama and Laura Ingalls Wilder!