end of the story
'They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,' Pa said. 'Go to sleep, now.'
But Laura lay away a little while, listening to Pa's fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods. She looked at Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle. She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.
She thought to herself, 'This is now.'
She was glad that the cosy house, and Pa and Ma and the firelight and the music, were now. They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now. It can never be a long time ago."
Isn't that just a beautiful ending? It really sums up the feeling I got from the book. It was a long time ago, but it was someone's now.