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Recently, I had the pleasure of rediscovering one of my favourite stories from childhood thanks to Karina Sussanto and her post ‘The Golden Windows’.

‘The Golden Windows’ is online at The Baldwin Project where their content can also be used to teach children at home.

This delightful story by Laura E Richards will not take long to read to small children. The version I owned was in book form accompanied by pen and ink illustrations. It concerns a young farm boy of an earlier era who sought to find the windows of gold he saw every evening — only to find upon his return in the late afternoon that his own house also had them.

Although it is not necessarily a Thanksgiving story, it is one of appreciation for what we have. It is one of the few I’ve remembered all my life. I used to read it over and over and over!

I hope that Jeanette from Jeanette’s Ozpix will pardon my borrowing her photo to illustrate this post. In the text accompanying her golden windows, Jeanette, too, makes the connection between them and giving thanks:

Look how rich we are!! We have golden windows in the new place!

… as we look back on this past year, let us reflect on all of God’s blessings… and see how rich we truly are!

“So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

(Eph 1:6-7, NLT)

Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards, the author of ‘The Golden Windows’, was born in 1850 to Julia Ward Howe, author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Dr Samuel Gridley Howe, abolitionist and founder of Boston’s Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, now located in nearby Watertown.

LauraElizabethRichards.jpgLaura was named in honour of Dr Howe’s famous deaf-blind pupil Laura Bridgman. In 1871, she married Henry Richards. His family owned a paper mill in Gardiner, Maine, which he managed. Laura settled in Gardiner with her husband. Whilst he was at work, she raised seven children and became a prolific author. It is just as well she had plenty of paper to hand!

In 1917, Richards and her sister Maud Howe Elliott won a Pulitzer Prize for the biography of their mother, which they co-wrote. Elliott was also an author and had a great interest in fine art.

Laura Richards died in 1943 in Gardiner, Maine. Her sister Maud died five years later in Newport, Rhode Island.


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