|Laura Ingalls Wilder|
While the TV series wasn’t entirely accurate about her life, (the series is based around Walnut Grove, which she had in truth only lived for a short time, for example), it generated a love for the life these early settlers lived. They lived in a time that was so hard to imagine, yet so simple that I sometimes long for the chance to live in those times.
Family was the most important thing to these early pioneers. There were no TV’s, no phones and no electronics that take up so much of our lives now. After supper, they all sat down together as a family, the kids would play together outside, or they would likely have sat and listened to stories - after they’d done their chores.
I know the times were likely so difficult, and such a struggle for them to survive. But, I try to imagine a cold winter night, around the fire with the family talking and playing together. Maybe some of the kids would be reading a book.
Compared to today’s lifestyles, with kids being rushed to different activities each night, with no one sitting down to eat supper together. And, then when they are home, the kids and parents are all involved in their own devices - Facebook, texting, watching Youtube. No one just unplugs and enjoys each others company any more.
|Road leading to our getaway place|
We go for walks, we listen to the coyotes at night (which we admittedly don't really enjoy!), look at the stars around our bonfire - and I sometimes imagine we are transported to a different time when family was the most important thing in life.
I know Laura Ingalls would have had such a hard life as a child growing up back then, but I also believe she was able to be a part of a time we can never get back. A time before electronics and social activities became such an important part of our lives.
Things may have been more difficult, and most of us from today’s world could never survive how they lived. But, they lived in a simpler time that we could all do well to go back to. A time when family and neighbors helped each other, and no one needed to have more or better than each other.
Do you think you could survive as a settler as Laura Ingalls family did? Are you a fan of the Little House on the Prairie books and TV show?
Let me know if you’ve been one of the lucky ones to see some of the Laura Ingalls museums and sites - I would love to hear about them!
PS - If my mom or anyone who might be wanting to get an idea for birthday or Christmas gifts is reading…the Little House on the Prairies TV series is available on Amazon…hint, hint…
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