Chapter 7 has the Sugar Snow -- a quick spring snow that results in more maple syrup flowage for Grandpa Ingalls. Pa hops to it and takes the family to the grandparents' house to help out, plus there's going to be a dance.
Pa’s blue eyes twinkled; he had been saving the best for the last, and he said to Ma:
“Hey, Caroline! There’ll be a dance!”
Ma smiled. She looked very happy, and she laid down her mending for a minute. “Oh, Charles!” she said.
Then she went on with her mending, but she kept on smiling. She said, “I’ll wear my delaine.”
Ma’s delaine dress was beautiful. It was a dark green, with a little pattern all over it that looked like ripe strawberries. A dressmaker had made it, in the East, in the place where Ma came from when she married Pa and moved out west to the Big Woods in Wisconsin. Ma had been very fashionable, before she married Pa, and a dressmaker had made her clothes.
That one little bit is the most interesting thing about Ma ever. Where did she live? How did she meet Pa? How does she know all these farmhand skills, like cheese making and the like, if she comes from the fashionable-back-east? What does she think about being taken away from town life and put into a 1-room log cabin in the middle of nowhere where she goes days or sometimes weeks without seeing other adult human beings who are not her husband?
WHAT DREAMS DID SHE DREAM IN HER EARLIER LIFE.
Also, this entire chapter is about making maple syrup, which seems hard. Makes you wonder who thought to do all that first.