|On the banks of Plum Creek, in Walnut Grove, Minnesota|
Now, I have not read the Little House books for over - at least - ten or fifteen years. I did look at part of Pioneer Girl when it came out last year - but have not really immersed myself in it. So I went to an intense conference and fan based event, not really having updated myself on the material. To my amazement, I did not have to.
The details of the books and the story lines that I remembered astonished me. The recall I had was if I had read the books the night before. Where did this come from? (I can barely remember to take my daily medication - and have to double check sometimes.) Was it the energy from the fandom that was giving me the ability to bring up minute details of Laura's life? I was a bit flummoxed.
As we know memories can be tricky. We can make ourselves forget things and emotions that others remember with clarity. There are many studies out there and no one knows everything about the brain and how our memory works. (Need to find a good book on this!)
|Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota|
Is that how I did it? Did my connection and obsession with Laura's works allow me to have a better recall? Or is this just a case of an old passion coming to the forefront during a time of "need?" I don't know. Are all readers like this? Or it is just our emotional connection to the particular written work? Perhaps it is just a case of the "right book at the right time."
It is something to think about. How embedded are you?