They received a peppermint stick, a tin cup, a little heart-shaped cake made of white
flour, and (wait for it.....) a whole penny!
"They had never even thought of such a thing as having a penny. Think of having a whole penny for your very own. Think of having a cup and a cake and a stick of candy and a penny."
Another quote from Laura rings true today too:
“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
Honesty, truthfulness and appreciation, gratitude for the simple pleasures and facing life's ups and downs with courage. All character traits that were important back in the late 1800's and they are still just as important today. What if we all embraced this outlook on life - imagine how pleasant our world would be!
People would be satisfied with their lives, not continually striving for more and trying to keep up with the Joneses. There'd be more honesty in relationships and more resilience when life offered us a curve ball. The sense of entitlement that seems to have crept into our thinking would not exist and we would be grateful for what we have. I think what Laura felt was "real" back then is every bit as valuable today if we choose to hold onto a simpler view of life.
This post was part of the #1word challenge - this week's word is "then"