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Little Faust on the Prairie

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Laura Ingalls Wilder, the effervescent prairie girl that warmed our hearts, in books and on TV (played by Melissa Gilbert), would have been 148 years old today.
Would she still have been as cheerful and hopeful, or would she look around our world and wonder, What the fish-hooks and hammer handles is going on?
All that indomitable, plucky pioneering spirit, despite all the hardships, loss, sorrow, and pain. You certainly don’t see as much of that now or maybe the whining, complaining, vitriol, hyperbole, lies, corruption, dishonour, and disrespect is screaming louder.

I remember sitting with my family watching Little House on the Prairie and when that iconic theme song (thank you David Rose) started, I always felt a surge of happiness.

1apioneer2Little House on the Prairie, the books and show was about connection, love that bonded family and friends, no matter how long it had been since they had communicated or seen each other. Reading or watching the trials, tribulations and triumphs of the Ingalls and later Ingalls Wilder families and their friends, neighbours, enemies and extras I always knew everything was going to be ok.
But that was TV.
A long time ago.

Have we exchanged simple pleasures for unlimited knowledge, unlimited connection, and worldly pleasures in some Faustian pact?1apioneer8Have the real things changed?
Is it pointless to be honest?
Is it silly to make the best of what we have?
Is it simple to be happy with simple pleasures?
Is courage when things go wrong still necessary? Or can we just bury ourselves in addiction to drugs, food, alcohol, gambling, porn, sex, gossip, anger, the internet, fashion, shopping, obtaining…
In our mad rush for progress are we leaving behind the most important things?

Laura Ingalls, born 1apioneer4February 7, 1867. Laura Ingalls Wilder, died February 10, 1957 at 90 years old. Thank you. I do wonder though, what would she think of this world? Would she find it so changed? Or have certain hardships just been replaced with others?

I’m thinking of a quiet evening of Little House on the Prairie memories.

Can The Waltons be far behind?

Goodnight dear readers.

Goodnight Half Pint.

Goodnight John Boy.

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30 thoughts on “Little Faust on the Prairie

  1. it’s still worth holding out for hope, that faith will bring in the good. We’re definitely living in some different and challenging times. I can’t say we’re anymore corrupt now than then. It’s just all done differently and when you live in it, it’s all bad.

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  2. I too loved Little House on the Prairre and the Waltons. Your post got me thinking about a lot if things :)) I think we only leave behind the ‘important’ things if they gave no importance to us. I don’t think things are all that different these days, just expressed or explored differently . We keep in touch with families and friends ( just faster) we are healthier, we explore our surroundings ( just we can access a much more distant area) and we still ache and hurt.

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  3. For most of us, the issues that the Ingalls and Wilders faced are still with us, just in different forms. Dealing with health issues and disabilities, what it means to care for grandparents, parents, children, grandchildren, providing food and shelter and clothing, coping with at times severe weather, getting along with and helping the neighbors, dealing with the present while planning and hoping for the future. While in the present day we have many more opportunities and conveniences, we also have a larger scope of concerns. Being out on the frontier back then meant not knowing about what was happening in the Middle East or Russia or Nigeria. No one had to think about greenhouse gas emissions or what can or cannot go in the recycling bin. While some people today do manage to distract themselves with gossip and the pursuit of “stuff,” most are still dealing with the core issues of frontier times, just translated to current times.

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  4. I remember watching Little House on the Prairie as a child although being Australian, it didn’t quite have the same resonance with me, although my sister-in-law loved it and read all the books. I don’t think I knew that it was based on books as a child and I wasn’t as much of a reader then. Mind you, I loved my Enid Blyton and had fantasies of being in the Secret Seven!!
    I don’t know whether life is better or worse now than back then but it is certainly different…at least on the surface. We seem to have so much of everything that our process needs to be discernment and cutting back rather than trying to procure more and more and more of everything…including information.
    Child mortality rates have really changed, which has really changed family life.
    We are also part of a very global world if we want to be or we can stick within our own backyard and switch off from what’s going on. Having a more global perspective, however, is hard work and the best we can really hope for is an overview and possibly delving into the odd event. We have to be selective.
    I gather the cold is setting in over there. We have had some intense heat over here but the weather has been comfortably sunny lately and just perfect xx Rowena

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    1. Yes, things are certainly different, in so many ways.
      I loved Enid Blyton too, my goodness, that takes me back to reading with a flashlight under the blankets. Thank you for reminding me. 🙂
      Yes, we’re having extreme cold, yours sounds delightful, makes me feel toasty just thinking about it. But this is Canada, we will be grousing about the heat soon enough. lol 😉
      Thank you for more of your insights Rowena, always so good to hear from you. 🙂
      Enjoy that sun…makes me think of iced tea. 🙂

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      1. It has been fun interacting with bloggers around the world at this time of year when the weather is so extremely different. We’re pretty good at grumbling about the weather here too. xx Rowena

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  5. I look back at the stories of the pioneers and all their hardships and I think, how did they do it? Then, again, I imagine if they could have seen our time, they would have said, “no way”! Each in their own time. But I do love the old TV shows and having grown up in the 50s and 60s, I believe those are times that the younger generation will never experience or truly understand. Ah, I wax nostalgic and it’s your fault! 😀

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  6. I have the whole LHOTP series on DVD, last watched around 2 years ago…. I loved it as a child..and love it now 🙂

    The Ingalls family are my absolute favorite..and have been since I first set eyes on them 🙂

    I really enjoyed this post..thanks for the memories – I might have to go dig out those DVDs now x

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    1. You’re welcome. I loved the series and I don’t even want to think of how many times I read the books, I should have this all memorized. So glad you liked it too. 🙂

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