Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Little House on the Prairie...

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones after all." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Once upon a time, I received, as a New Year's gift from my parents (my mom really... though my dad signed his name as well...), the book: 'The Complete Little House on the Prairie'. As a 10-year-old I thought it an excellent read... as a 28-year-old I find that it is still an excellent read. The 'Little House' series was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and is based on her childhood during the late 19th century. It was beautifully written and provides insight into how persons in that era went through the motions of everyday life. There are times when I think that I would have been more suited to such a lifestyle and there are times when I can't think of how I could live without the modern conveniences of today.

I'd recommend the book for young persons of today though - to see how it was - I think that a lot of times we take for granted what we have... ease of transportation, access to whatever we need (food/shelter/education/health care/entertainment)... Not sure how it is in other countries but in this day and age, our youth (or most of our youth) have the mindset that whatever they want will be given to them - there is very little concept of working for something, there is a false sense of achievement perpetuated by the adults. I'm not quite sure how our society is going to turn out as these youths get older.

My mom and I recently discovered that TCM shows reruns of 'The Little House on the Prairie' television show. My mom remembers watching it at home with her brothers and sisters... and now I watch it with her. I guess that it's a bridging-bonding hour for us. It is entertaining and educational and fairly fun to watch... though of course that's just my opinion and you may not find so. 

I do love it though. If, at some point in the future, it happens that I have children (or my brother does.. or my cousins do...) I'd like to share this with them... both the books and the television shows.

Cuz they are awesome :) 


peace,
Ren

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