Why Little House On The Prairie Was All About Gainz

LittleHouseI’m reading Little House in the Big Woods with my kids. There are a lot of lessons to be learned in this book: work hard, be polite, be unselfish, and be grateful.

However, the most important lesson of the book might be missed by some.

Lesson #1: Gainz.

Yes, gainz.

When all is said and done, if you do nothing else with your time, eat for gainz. Sure, maybe you wrestled a panther, chopped down a tree, killed a bear, and churned some butter earlier in the day. But, how are you going to maximize those gainz?

The answer is found throughout the book, but let’s take a look at page 151 of the Full Color Collector’s Edition:

They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody. There was plenty of syrup in the kettle, and plenty of snow outdoors. As soon as they ate one plateful, they filled their plates with more snow again, and Grandma poured more syrup on it.

When they had eaten the soft maple candy until they could eat no more of it, then they helped themselves from the long table loaded with pumpkin pies and dried berry berry pies and cookies and cakes. There was salt-rising bread, too, and cold boiled pork, and pickles.


Thank you, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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