“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.”
-Laura Ingalls Wilder
As a little girl I loved the TV series, Little House on the Prairie.
I remember Mom calling us kids in from outside (where we were playing for hours) to have our baths and settle down to watch the show.
Each week my sister and I waited for the opening theme song to begin,
waited for the moment (my sister’s favorite) when the girls are running down the hill in the meadow and Carrie falls down.
Each week we watched and absorbed wholesome family values;
The tenderness in which Charles treated Caroline and his integrity in the workplace,
How Caroline keep her composure with Mrs. Oleson and her voice low and sweet no matter the stress she felt,
Saw the girls learn the lessons of honesty, sharing and service.
For my sister and I, the worst insult was to be compared to Nellie Oleson.
I still love to watch it.
Filled with simple, homey lessons on life; Little House and later, the writings of Laura Ingalls, helped to shape who I am today.
There are no substitutes for real family, real living.
So much of the modern world is nothing but image and gadgets. So many items to save time- and yet we spend that extra time immersed in more gadgetry.
I remember washing dishes with my brother and sister by hand- something we disliked immensely.
And yet, by working together regularly, we had a lot of time to talk, to laugh and yes, to fight.
Somehow kids taking turns loading the dishwasher just isn’t the same.
I find that much of the time it’s difficult for me to find a balance between modern life and my vision of a wholesome family life.
So many distractions, so many mixed messages aimed at men and women and children.
Most, I feel, teach that we don’t have enough or what we have is not good enough.
Most of the messages are of a selfish nature.
I am so very thankful that I had a mother who thought for herself.
Carefully she pondered ideas and chose good for her family.
It did not matter what others around her were doing- she made wise, wholesome decisions that she knew were right.
What a wonderful example for a young daughter to witness.
Thank you, Mom, for exposing us to wholesome living.
“As you read my stories of long ago I hope you will remember that things truly worthwhile and that will give you happiness are the same now as they were then.
It is not the things you have that make you happy.
It is love and kindness and helping each other and just plain being good. “
~Laura Ingalls Wilder